Before painting I tried something different on the paper’s surface. First I “sealed” it with Liquitex “Flexible Modeling Paste” which left a slightly uneven sandpapery texture. When that was dry the whole surface was coated with a slightly dilute mix of “Ultra Matte Medium.” It made for a less perfect surface, of course, giving the paper a hint of the mysterious, a touch of the unpredictable. Dare I say perhaps also a hint-of-Danger?
I decided to go almost all-the-way. TRANSLATION I tried making this picture on a half-sheet (15″ x 22″) of Arches 140-lb. hot press paper (don’t you just love the deckled edge on mold-made paper?). Let’s just say I’m not so comfortable working that large. Up side is that the next one on a quarter-sheet (11″ x 15″) will seem small!
Okay, I admit it: I like little paintings because they make me feel like a god. All the time, not just at the end after everything has been figured out and worked out and has ultimately become a veritable color & shape tune that hums and makes me feel better just by listening glancing at it.
So this is a foray taken yesterday afternoon (and “touched up” this morning) into Bigger-is-Scarier-but-clearly-not-impossible. (I used to work on “quarter-sheets” so it’s not like I’m a total wimp.) Here’s the photo-inspiration.
Up”date”: Um-m-m…earth-to-Patrice. The signature line’s date on this should have been “july” not june.