the other paul smith

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Latest work in progress - working with a new heavy texture medium and mixed media

I’m working on a heavily textured painting and adding newsprint to the surface before overpainting and tearing into the surface.

A close-up of the work – it’s not finished yet but I thought you’d like to see my creative process

An early stage in the studio – I like to work on several paintings at a time. This allows time for  heavily textured sections to dry and for me to live with the paintings for a while to see how they are working. I am using a new and thicker medium on this one – it’s great in that it allows me to build up a thick layer of paint. The downside is that any  paint added to it becomes much lighter in tone so I need to overpaint once the medium is fully dry.

The texture is building up on the surface of the canvas now – you can see it on the bottom right edge where a thickly imprinted strip of paint defines the edge of the canvas.

I’ve added more texture paste to areas – in white. I’ve not added any paint to some areas as it dries so light. The rectangular shape bottom left is a mix of unpigmented texture paste and cobalt blue mixed into the surface. I like the result so may leave it as it is rather than overpainting with pure pigment.

I’ve added some newsprint to one section – then overpainted it before tearing into it.

This area is heavily textured and I’ve added some neon pink to the cobalt blue surface. I then rubbed the surface down to matt it completely. It gives an effect similar to  heat melted plastic as the surface ripples.

The close up above shows where I ripped into the layers of paint – this time using a screwdriver so really tearing into the surface. I’ve overpainted some of the built up areas with a mix of green paints. The neon paint I’ve been using is very translucent so needs multiple applications.

I’m going to live with the painting for a while before working on it again. I’ll add the finished painting to my gallery page.

 

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The development of a painting

I thought that you might like to see how one of my paintings develops. This is what I’m working on right now. It’s not finished yet – the orange sections in particular need reworking. Its number 3 of my Black Series of abstract works.

Early stage of Black series Untitled III
Early stage of Black series Untitled III

I started by covering the canvas with cadmium yellow acrylic. Then let it dry to prevent the next layer of colour from mixing with the yellow and muddying. At this stage I was using ultramarine, emerald green, cadmium orange and cadmium red. Putting it on the canvas instinctively. There was already a sense of excitement at this early stage.

Second stage of Black series Untitled III
Second stage of Black series Untitled III

I continued adding more of these 4 vibrant colours to the canvas while also adding black. There is more of a sense of movement on the canvas at this stage which I wanted.

Scratching into the surface
Scratching into the surface

A lot of my work is torn back  or scratched into  to reveal the underlayer – I use my hands as well as a wide variety of tools.

3rd stage of Black series Untitled III
3rd stage of Black series Untitled III

At this point I had added more layers of paint and then let it dry for a while before marking into the canvas. Particularly in the red sections. I scraped back the orange almost to nothing in several sections but didn’t like the result so will be working on this next. The painting still lacked something. I added cobalt blue which I think brought the painting alive.  I’m really  happy with how it looks – at this stage there is still a lot more to do before it’s finished – but its looking good. Look out for the final version on my Artworks page or see it by clicking here 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Can abstract artists draw?

I know that many people think that abstract artists can’t draw. While I often do life drawing and sculpting I very rarely draw inanimate objects as my paintings are based on emotions and intuition. Unstructured and free flowing. But I thought I’d have a go at a still life. It’s an anglepoise lamp sitting in a set of weighing scales with some flowers. An unusual composition but it suited me. I like the composition – let me know what you think.

Anglepoise lamp still life drawing
Anglepoise lamp still life drawing
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Latest work in progress – working with a new heavy texture medium and mixed media

Latest work in progress – working with a new heavy texture medium and mixed media

I'm working on a heavily textured painting and adding newsprint to the surface before overpainting and tearing into the surface. A close-up of the work - it's not finished yet but I thought you'd like to see my creative process The texture is building up on the surface of the...
January 18th, 2018
The development of a painting

The development of a painting

I thought that you might like to see how one of my paintings develops. This is what I'm working on right now. It's not finished yet - the orange sections in particular need reworking. Its number 3 of my Black Series of abstract works. I started by covering the canvas...
October 6th, 2017
The finished version

The finished version

The painting of the anglepoise lamp was ok but for me it didn't have a lot of life or energy. So I covered it in blue paint which I let dry for a while. Then I took the painting to the sink and started washing it, scrubbing it, cutting into it...
September 26th, 2017
From drawing to painting

From drawing to painting

Once I had completed my drawing of an anglepoise lamp sitting in a set of weighing scales I was itching to make a painting from it. Again, not my usual route to a painting but I'll post the stages of the painting so you can see its evolution. These are the first 3 stages -...
September 26th, 2017
Can abstract artists draw?

Can abstract artists draw?

I know that many people think that abstract artists can't draw. While I often do life drawing and sculpting I very rarely draw inanimate objects as my paintings are based on emotions and intuition. Unstructured and free flowing. But I thought I'd have a go at a still life. It's an anglepoise lamp...
September 26th, 2017
Large abstract works

Large abstract works

I enjoy working on large canvases. They allow me to use my whole upper body to make broad gestural marks when applying the paint to the canvas. For these 2 paintings I used  household brushes rather than artists brushes as they allowed me to load a large quantity of paint...
August 7th, 2017
Small Abstract Works

Small Abstract Works

I often paint smaller works onto board rather than canvas. This  enables me to scratch deeply into the surface of the paint. Untitled on board   This is the charcoal drawing which was the basis for the painting above. Study for Untitled on board - Charcoal on paper
August 7th, 2017
New works on paper

New works on paper

I painted this on long strip of paper using  a restricted palette of heavy body acrylics  - much of it is painted by squeezing the paint out of the tube directly onto the paper then using my hand to indent into the paint while it is still wet and malleable....
August 5th, 2017