Progress and another new one started

Blue splashes!

Orange splashes!

Before the splashes I added a yellow wash over the whole thing, but I forgot to take a picture of that before I started splashing around.  The yellow wash shows better the wax resists that I started with.  Sort of argyle.  The splashes were made with coffee stirs…  I’ve mentioned that I mix up my washes in graduated test tubes.  I dipped the coffee stir into the test tube with my finger on the end, like a glass pipette.  It all felt very “chem lab” until I held the coffee stir over the canvas and high above my head and let go!  Were this actually chem lab, something would definitely be on fire by this point.  What I got was a wonderful splat!  With tiny liquid ejecta radiating in all directions.  First the blue, then when that had dried, orange.  Like analyzing craters on other planets and moons, you can tell which fell from higher and lower by the strength of the lines radiating outward.  Usually those rays indicate new, fresh craters — geologically speaking — but all of these are new, fresh craters.  No dinosaurs were harmed in the making of this painting.

Ok, the new one I mentioned. That’s what? Six currently in progress? Oy.  I need to finish some of these.  I have been working more on the one with the alizarin crimson square, but I don’t want to show it anymore until it’s done so that there will be at least some surprise left.  It’s very close to done.

I started with a palette knifed mess o’ yellow oxide and cadmium yellow deep.

Pretty nice background huh?  Next I spray painted the edges brilliant blue as a border.  I wanted some over-spray on the canvas, but I got more than I wanted:

A little too much blue

So I hit it with some yellow palette knife again.

More cadmium yellow deep

So the original background that I kind of liked is pretty much gone, but I can do that again.  This “el asterisco gigante” isn’t quite what I expected either, but I like it.  It will be much painted over too.  “El asterisco gigante”.  You have to say that in a deep, rich, Mexican announcer’s voice or it doesn’t sound right.  “El Asterisco GIGANTE!!”  Yeah, that sounds so much better than ‘giant asterisk’.  Anyway, this one is also already close to done.  The main thing will be quick and fun.  Except, maybe it needs some splashes before that…  Hmmm…

Last, Hello Australia and The Philippines!  Thanks for all the views!  Leave a comment and say hi!  🙂


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10 responses to “Progress and another new one started

  1. !!! I love the: “No dinosaurs were harmed in the making of this painting”!!!!
    First one is evolving to a beautiful forest [seen from above!]. Second, I gotta hand it to you, “El Asterisco Gigante” makes all the difference in the world!

  2. Replicant Core

    I’ll go for more splashes … of red or black or … Might even add some tequila to it. Yeah! 🙂 Forget it.
    Keep up the good work!
    I’m living in Sweden, can you see me waving … lol

    • Hmm, if tequila would leave any kind of stain, maybe… Yeah, the stain comes up after you drink it! That’s it! Ick.

      I see you over there! 🙂 Did you know I’m half Swedish? Ethnically speaking…


  3. I love those splashes! I enjoy hearing about all your techniques and approaches to painting. It always sounds like you have all sorts of fun with paint.

    Love your “El Asterisco Gigante” too. Can’t wait to see it finished. Great work!

    • Yeah, brushes… were only the beginning. 🙂 You know, I changed my mind — I’m going to finish that one as ‘El Asterisco Gigante’ and start another canvas to do what i originally had in mind.

      Thank you!

  4. “A little too much blue.” -Zorgor

    “Push it. Push it until you think you’ve ruined it. Then push it some more. Then you have a good painting.” -Scott Anderson

    “There’s never too much blue.” -Me


  5. love the sunny sparky progress =) and for reasons “just because” your “splat” explanation sounded quite poetically cosmic =)

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