Monday, August 25, 2008
Paintings with defining black lines around objects and figures have always appealed to me. It is usually accomplished by 'drawing' the structure of the painting in black lines and then adding the color much like a coloring book. A variation would be to add the defining lines after the bulk of the painting is done. My attempts at these techniques did not produce the results I desired, so I devised a technique I jokingly call 'blotchilism'. The whole canvas is painted black and then color is added in blotches more like 'colorforms'. Using small 'taches' of color while always leaving black around them produced and interesting mosaic look. Larger lines and areas of color are used for structure.