I think of painting as an adventure, as long as you continue to learn and experiment. I have always experimented, but lately I find myself doing destructive things to canvases and building on top of that. I have a new series percolating in my little brain, something along the line of "out of destruction comes beauty."
I have long been interested in organic shapes and I continue to explore the circle. The piece above was painted and then layered with Okawara paper , a Japanese rice paper I applied with Benjamin Moore Stays Clear Polyurethane (nothing else seems to work) that creates a layered effect. I then painted back on top of the paper, building my circles and letting the paint drip. However, the destructive part came from running a blow torch over the canvas several times and watching the effect it had on the paint - changing the colors and bubbling up. I never burned through the canvas.
This has me thinking about trying different things, like working with soot, treated paper - I'm open to suggestions. I have been reading about Yves Klein's fire paintings and would like to learn more.
This piece is multi-layered with gesso, modeling paste. Because there are so many layers, I used the blow torch quite a bit here and liked the results.
Tonight I again experimented burning paper with gunpowder. I'm starting to get the hang of it!
This piece isn't finished, but I am having fun with it. Again, it is layered with gesso, as well as collage. When I used the blow torch, it burned the collage off (and didn't burn the canvas). I have applied paper that was burned with gunpowder as collage.
I plan on finishing this piece this weekend, along with these other two I worked on tonight.
No telling what I'll experiment with next. I've tried alcohol, leaving paintings outside, putting small paintings on the grill, mixing in salt, coffee and tea. Hmmmm - where to next?