Sometimes I keep a photo record of a painting in progress. This is an experimental piece created by pressing dried eucalyptus branches into wet modeling paste. The art paste medium was applied to each canvas before the leaves were pressed in place. After the paste stiffened a bit, I removed the plants and continued the drying overnight. Then the surface was sanded and sealed with multiple coats of white gesso.
In order to see the shapes created, I brush on a watered down wash of black paint. The pigment settles into groves showing random patterns and textures. Wiping away some paint on the flat surface brings white back creating contrast and making it easier to visualize a path into the painting.
Now it is time to start adding color while defining
shapes that are inspired by nature.
And...the painting gradually emerges to become...
24" x 36" Diptych on gallery wrap canvas