Sunday, 15 May 2011
Sunday, 1 May 2011
Both red paintings, acrylic, gloss and oil on canvas. After creating a structured image I wanted to go against the white angular areas with more free associated areas of brushstrokes. Having got old sketchbooks out recently I referred to a number of pencil drawings looking for a sense of movement but trying to achieve a non specificity that was in the mark-making. I had paint already mixed up from the grey painting, some were dark tones, so this decided what I used. I retained some areas by masking but not as many. Just like a memory, with some things fading but important things remaining.
Painting the chequered pattern was quite a laborious exercise taking time to fill in the squares and I was also doubtful whether it was right to do this. I wanted a decorative part where the 'tray' shapes meet to go against the physical aspect of the surrounding painted surface. I've since washed the squared areas, bleeding the colours into the grey white and black areas, thus hopefully keeping the work alive still.