Thursday, August 30, 2012

Mixing Colours - Works on Board


(c) 2012, Naomi Nicholls
Acrylic and graphite on board

Check out these new works on plywood board, a fantastic substrate to work on.  I found a supplier of them and I am slowly whittling down their supply.  It is raw 3-ply on a braced frame, somewhat like the stretchers of a canvas.  This return to a more traditional substrate hails a return to artist quality acrylics, which means, I can mix colours once more.  When working on walls with house paint, I had to make colour decisions at the hardware store - because of the high content of filler and low pigment in house paint, they don't mix well and end up muddy horrible colours.  Artist acrylics have a high amount of pigment in them, which means they mix like a dream.  Now I make colour decisions sitting in front of my easel. 

 The works feature abstract architectural space and painterly, flat fields of colour in contrast.





 (c) 2012, Naomi Nicholls
Acrylic and graphite on board


 
 (c) 2012, Naomi Nicholls
Acrylic and graphite on board


Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Analogous and a Work in Progress

An installation of analogous colours has been forming in the hallway of late.  The hallway I have used before.   Analogous is a nice word, yes?  Analogous colours are colours that are adjacent to each other on the color wheel, as opposed to complementary colours, which are opposites on the colour wheel. Ah, an education.




It is almost all the way done.  Photos and more details of the finished product coming next week...

Have an analogous day, everybody.

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Painting Experiment 1 - Video


The creative process has been a bit harrowing of late.  Do you know the feeling?

Many experiments have followed, and out of frustration I made a video piece that I starred in.  Some people do that when they’re frustrated, I guess?  That’s something you won’t catch me doing very often.  Yet here I am, painting into thin air from the inside out.

(c) 2012 Naomi Nicholls, Painting Experiment 1
Video (Still 1)

(c) 2012 Naomi Nicholls, Painting Experiment 1
Video (Still 2)

It was pretty fun to make.  I didn’t get too much paint on myself, and it helped me to learn what I don’t want to do, make works about me.  There, I said it.  Shall we move on then?

This painting onto plastic thing I have been playing with in recent weeks has been pretty fun.  Unfortunately, it also caused a bit of a distraction from the work I want to be making.  In many ways, I’m not much of a multi-tasker with ideas.  I can’t move my work in two disparate directions, they have to vaguely be going toward the same end.  

The paint carnage afterward wasn't actually that bad...