Wednesday, June 13, 2012

In Air - work in progress

Recently, I was talking about painting into thin air.  A romantic notion, no?

I wanted to try looping and squiggling my way across the walls of this hallway and across corners and into space using clear vinyl.  Wouldn't that be swell?  So I started.  But as so often happens, it didn't quite go according to plan. 

There's this weird thing that happens when you're an artist working in painting/installation.  You learn things you never thought anyone would need to know.  Like, I know that acrylic house paint doesn't crack, peel or bead when painted on clear contact, but artist acrylic does.  And I know that painting wool is a rotten job and requires an undercoat to work. 

On this work, I am learning that it's hard to make your squiggle look intuitive when you're painting a wide and looooooong brushstroke with a comparatively small brush.  Now, perhaps that's something I should have anticipated.  I didn't.  I'ma get me a bigger brush!  For starters.  Then I will see where this goes.  There's much more to do on this.

Also, will I add geometric shapes to this, or simply let it be a big brushstroke?  The suspense is killing me.

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