Now in early August, I am posting some of the better results from new experiments. I feel that I am touching my toes into some new waters, as I am exploring some mixed media marbling techniques with very good effect.
Here are some variations on the marbling experiments:
And here are a few new brushworks and lines. I am especially happy with the first of these below, as it comes close to the textures that I love from Paul Klee’s multimedia work on paper.
Now it’s getting a bit wild. I am blending my own inks from raw powdered pigment, and soon planning to use some handmade paper. Here is a generous sampling from a week of pure experimentation. Most of these are small size – 9″ x 12″, but a few are on larger test papers, around 20″ x 30″. The influence of modern Chinese abstract brush painting is showing more.
For a few weeks in mid-August 2018, I found a breakthrough with a combination of these homemade inks made from pure mineral pigment, using techniques like suminagashi and decalcomania, along with marbling using acrylics. I consider a few of these to be among the best things I have done so far. The results are rather hard to predict, though, and my next task is to push the process out of my comfort zone to find the boundaries, and to better control the outcome.