acrylic on acrylic textured surface with gold leaf on canvas, 24″ x 24″
I’ve always believed in the angels that walk among us, as us. The ones that get their feet dirty with the messes of everyday living and that occasionally sparkle with divine light shining through the cracks!
In my own struggle to capture these earthly/heavenly creatures of multi-dimensions onto a two dimensional surface, I started by borrowing from one who succeeded in this – Michelangelo. Through all my struggles with intention, technique and media, not to mention feelings of inadequacy, I finally stopped and saw a rather startling depiction of a story unfolding in my own life just now. In the interests of allowing space for you, the viewer, to react with your own personal interpretation, I must leave it at that.
Technique-wise I employed my favorite Golden acrylics, light molding paste for textural build up and Micaceous Iron Oxide and other copper and gold mixed with other pigments to create that other-worldly patina.
Over the years angels have been coming to roost on my canvases. You can see more of them and here and here.
acrylics and collage on gesso textured w/c paper, 10 X 11″
Years ago I bought some Golden brand Micaceous Iron Oxide fluid acrylic because I loved how it imitated the effect of a rock surface with its gritty gray mica surface. But recently I was shown Chris Cozen’s book Acrylic Solutions where she gives recipes for mixing acrylics to make “patina” colors.
Patina. The metallic look, the subtle light catching sparkle, the appearance of aged, worn shiny surfaces. I learned that if you have a gold acrylic and micaceous iron oxide you have the ingredients to make all your acrylics do the patina thing by mixing them with these paints. Silver and copper also make great mixtures with the other acrylic colors.
In my workshops we’ve had exciting results with patina experiments. We made color charts to keep track of the mixtures. I’m going to share a couple of them here, (even though they weren’t made for the purpose of sharing online) just to help you get the idea. Hopefully if you like this, you can discover your own patina mixtures!
I particularly like the warm “neutrals” like Micaceous Iron Oxide, Iridescent Gold Deep and Transparent Red Iron Oxide.
acrylic “patina” paints, collage on paper collage textured surface on w/c paper, 10 X 11″
“The job of the artist is to always deepen the mystery.” -Francis Bacon
This piece needs a Rosetta Stone to decode, or at least someone familiar with Japanese seals and signatures. I always gravitate toward the mysterious, the unexplained, the textures and shapes that lead the eye through the piece without giving too much information.
But really the intent here was simply to try new ways to add text to paintings by putting stencils and stamps aside and drawing the letters on. I have a deep admiration bordering on envy of people with beautiful handwriting. I blame my own lack of calligraphic ability on my left handedness. Lord knows, my mother who was a third grade teacher, tried for years to improve my handwriting. Actually she was still complaining about my handwriting into my middle age. (But this is revealing a bit too much about the decades of my life. I don’t know when was the last time I saw the handwriting of my young adult sons!)