You may remember this painting from the previous post, when it looked like this:
I found all 21 stickers! The black and white banded sea snakes were made by dredging a piece of string in black and white paint on the palette, then flopping it onto the canvas — a technique I’ve wanted to try for a while. The black and white dots were made with the back of a brush in the same paint. Then I peeled off all the masking but still felt like it needed something… red. The red circles finished it up. Oh, and I started this by experimenting with orange.
It occurred to me that what I’m doing with these paintings, especially when I pull out the palette knife, is that I’m making Rorschach tests, without the ‘test’. I’ve mentioned that these are completely open to interpretation, and all interpretations are valid (it’s not a test!). Whatever you see or whatever it makes you think of is interesting to me. It’s like seeing shapes in the clouds. I’m never going to tell you, ‘no that’s not what it is, that’s wrong’. 🙂 I start these with nothing in mind, except maybe a technique I want to try. That’s why they’re non-representational — they’re not supposed to be anything you can name. I’m very much just plopping down some paint and just seeing what happens from there. I certainly did not set out to depict sea snakes enjoying orange creamsicles — that’s just what it looked like to me when it was done. Maybe it looks like something else to you — if so that’s awesome and I want to hear it! 🙂
To be honest though, this one was not strictly just plopping down some paint and seeing what happens. I painted this while loosely following a formula I codified from how I painted No Excuse. Both however did involve plopping paint first and asking questions later.
Here’s the “formula”:
- Paint a gradated background
- “Mess it up” with water
- Dark angular lines or something else for added interest
- Brush or palette knife blobs, perhaps with mixing
- Take off the masking
- Light wavy bands and lines — maybe lines like hair
- More palette knife blobs, perhaps with mixing
- Dots, drips, and specks… or should I forgo this?
So like the container paintings, I may explore this for a while. You’re also welcome to if you want! I’d like to see how you interpret this, in paint.
Thinking again about how these paintings are as wide open to interpretation as Rorschach’s ink blots, I wonder why he folded them in half?