Scratching into the surface

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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