Can you smell that in the air?
Change of season klaxon!!!
It was pitch-dark when the alarm went off on this morning and a brown leaf hit me on the back of the head yesterday whilst I was sun-bathing. Mental.
This turn of season always makes me me want to buy a pencil case and new shoes, then in contrast wear thick red lipstick and drink really strong red wine.
So the days are duller - but (!!) your walls don't have to be...
I've been more than busy painting. These paintings are multi-dimensional and multi-sensory. They really evolve onto the canvas rather than being shaped from any sort of plan or process... if I’m being honest.
The above - Warped is simply layers and layers of acrylic and some experimentation with kitchen tools (hello wire scourer). There was a lot of drying time between sessions to achieve the colour contrast of the ‘flowers’ and stop them from mixing into sludgy brown which happens only too often! I hate being patient so I have to have about 4 paintings on the go at any one time.
It makes me think of leaves turning gold, bonfires and fireworks. I love it.
The above two are achieved with a method I developed through some impulse buying of cut-price PVA and lots of experimentation. I’ve learned that layering up PVA with paints can generate a barrier between the acrylics, preventing them from mixing as much. This means you can harness the stickiness to stretch the colours and manipulate the paint to create the above effects. If it goes wrong, try try again. Just watch how much you’re spending on paint! Goodbye savings.
That's it for now! Enjoy these lovely weeks of seasonal antics, crisp sunshine and golden leaves 🍂