Monday, September 19, 2011
Paint Pots and Drying Time
WORK IN PROGRESS: STRAWBERRY TORTE;
20" X 20"; acrylic on previously used stretched canvas
I wanted to finish this sketch in a session or two over the weekend, but life got in the way.
Drying times were as unavoidable as they are with any of the paint mediums, the Lions were winning, a very unusual and thrilling thing to watch, the Tigers had moved into the playoffs and I decided to whisk all my tube acrylics to a fluid consistency for the sake of expediency and spontaneity. That was no easy task. The whisk made the mixing easy enough. The hard part was finding the air tight paint pots.
Checking out all the drawings I have stored in Picasa Web Albums, I found that the ones I liked best were done spontaneously and quickly; they were intense, colorful, and energetic. I want those qualities on canvas. Fluid paint in pots are a step towards making that happen. Moving to a larger sized format and the necessary drying times of paint stop vigor and immediacy cold. Times out allow too much time to think, evaluate, become self conscious,and worse: become judgmental. --Leaving a painting unfinished, maybe the only way to do that?