I’m lucky—most of the time, my initial run at a painting works out. Sometimes I’ve got to repaint sections of it. Sometimes I’ve got to start again.
“Relative” is new ground: four versions, none of which are the correct fit!
Since this poem is set in space, I chose a black canvasboard for the medium. Remembering how I’d liked the contrast of the black against gouache paints on the first stage of “Essential Appointments,” I first tried that combination again:
It’s very blue. I suppose it’s pretty. But it doesn’t remind you of space at all. For one thing, there’s too much light. So I added some acrylic paint and darkened it, concentrating on black and violet.
That wasn’t it either. On the third swing, I added metallic and iridescent paint, more acrylics mixed with an iridescent medium, and a coarse texture medium, which gave it a grittiness that I thought would resemble outer space’s floating flotsam and jetsam.
The coarse gel did work nicely. But while this is a neat painting, it still didn’t match what I was trying to do.
As a final effort for the night, I decided to try liquid acrylics. They’ve got a wonderful pearlescent sheen that probably would be well-suited for this type of poem. And the paint looked great when I dropped it onto the canvas. Unfortunately, liquid acrylics don’t spread well. At all.
What I’d intended essentially as an accent quickly overwhelmed the canvasboard. At that point, it was clear that my fifth effort should be to pack up and head to bed.
But that’s what experimentation is, y’all. Today, we start again.
I do have other options: I could use a white canvasboard instead, which would mean I’d likely by relying more on markers than on paint. Or I could use the black art paper I normally write Character Letters on…but that would give me a very limited color ceiling.
I’m not sure which way to go. I may simply just roll the dice and see what happens…
Materials used: Black canvasboard, gouache and acrylic paints, iridescent paint, metallic paint, liquid acrylics, iridescent and coarse texture mediums.