2021. Acrylic, charcoal, collage on canvas. 12 x 12 in.
Well, I finally did get some photographs of the new work. This was one of the earlier pieces, from December, and it delights me. This is the inside of my mind while listening to jazz, people. Here you see what I’m really made of. It’s like an x-ray of my synapses.
How it happened: I drew with willow charcoal of two different diameters over a canvas texturized with my trusty Golden Light Modeling Paste. I sprayed the charcoal with a workable fixative, and when the canvas was dry I stained it with a very diluted quinacridone gold acrylic paint, then brushed over in areas with more quin gold lightened with titanium white.
The collaged pieces are all deli paper painted with acrylic, and in this case I limited myself to bits I’d created specifically with the palette I’d chosen for this piece: quin gold, quinacridone red, phthalo blue, and a little cadmium yellow. The more opaque paint bits had been applied to the deli paper with a palette knife; the translucent were more dilute and were brushed on.
This technique is basically what I’ve been using for most of the current works, of which I’ll share photos in the coming weeks. On this one I put a lot of work into retaining the original feathery edges of the pigment on the collage paper; I think I’m getting better at that. The earlier collages were rougher.
I get a lot of joy working with these shapes of pure color and combining them with a very textured colored surface and gestural line. When the arrangement of these elements reaches a certain relationship the work springs to life for me and achieves a sense of inevitability. Color me happy.