So, I was looking at these lists of scribbled ideas of techniques and material combinations I want to try out and I decided to collect them and work on them over the next three to four months before my next class resumes. I'll need something to get me out of bed every day when there is no school bus to get our day moving.
The goal is to develop a set of acrylic techniques and a language of mark-making that is MINE, all mine. But also to have fun and explore all those little alleys I glimpsed as I went down the thoroughfare that was my painting class this year.
I also intend that some of these 'experiments' (yes, I have a scientific background) will become initial sketches for full-fledged paintings and that I will have at least ten completed works by September, as well as a folder and sketchbook full of the results.
The experiments seem to fall into some broad groups:
- ways of applying paint, or mark-making
- paint: viscosity, mediums, additives, metallic and interference paints
- mixing media
Of course, before I can start all this I need to finish my course, finish the 13 or so paintings for the school exhibition and tidy my studio. Not much to do then...