I slowed down a bit on painting toward the end of last year, and then I started a few canvasses that got me stuck a bit. I am plodding slowly through those, trying out some ideas. In the meantime I wanted to get back to the explorations I had abandoned last year, just playing with mineral pigments and wild fungus spores, blending inks and seeing what they make when they meet each other. When I do these playground style experiments, I try to pay attention to what works and what doesn’t work. Alas, most of what I do seems to be in the negative category. The worst of them get re-purposed for practice in layering with acrylics, other techniques. Here are a few ink adventures that seemed interesting from early February, 2020.
I consider the next two canvasses to be among my more successful acrylics yet. In general I have been struggling to get the same spontaneity with acrylic as I seem to get with ink, but these seemed to capture best what I am aiming for.
A few more inks on paper. I was not happy with some brightly colored attampts, which I am not showing here. The best were smaller size, with fewer colors.
These next four “Terraforms” really belong in a different series, along with the other acrylics on canvas. These have a lot of impasto texture with a thick bull-up of gesso. The various acrylics might get arranged in a different category soon.