“Fecundus”, acrylic textures, fluid acrylics, phone book “hair”, 14″ X 18″ on canvas
This painting was one of my demos in the Experimental Painting workshop I taught last month at the Sebastopol Center for the Arts (CA). I finally had a chance to finish it yesterday. It’s not so hard to demonstrate these mixed media techniques, like creating textures with acrylic mediums and glazing over them. The difficult part is finishing the painting, since my style is to take it step by step and wait for the painting to tell me what it wants. (That’s right, I listen for the faint whisper to come from the paper and spend a great deal of time staring and waiting for the slightest rustling!)
I started out with the idea of nests and eggs, a common theme for me. My studio is decorated with real birds’ nests in every corner, and they are all collages of great intricacy and beauty which I try to emulate. Acrylics and collage are such perfect media for this. My “eggs” here are round because they may also be the fruits or vegetables of harvest. I want them to elicit the sensation of “fecundus” (Latin for fruitfulness) which is my feeling about the act of painting itself.
The Experimental Acrylic and Mixed Media Painting Workshop was so popular that I’ve scheduled another one at the Sebastopol Center for the Arts for January 23-25, 2015. It will be posted soon and you can sign up by calling the Center.