smoke painting, ink dripping and collage on w/c paper, 10 X 11″
We see the surface textures of things and miss the heart of them.
Meanwhile our lives are full of holes where creatures live out of sight and unknown to us.
But if we listen closely we can hear the skittering and feel the electric ripple of skin in that part of us that knows. . .
I do love to paint with smoke! It’s not hard. Light a candle and hold the paper at an angle over it, letting the flame kiss the paper until you see a stroke of soot/charcoal/smoke dust on the paper. If you wait too long, or hold the flame on the edge of the paper you get burnt paper or “brulage” (we do love those French words!) Instant painting! That’s what we did in Monday’s class.
It’s a lesson I’ll be repeating on May 14 in a mini-workshop in my studio. You are welcome to come! As you can see above, we take the smoked beginning and let it lead us into more mixed media fun. Here’s a couple more examples: “Up in Smoke” and “Smoke and Mirrors”
If you’d like to register, visit my website for more information!