Blew me away

The next two pieces I am very excited about. The first and smaller piece is done on clayboard. (I usually use synthetic paper.) Normally I paint a sheet of plexiglass and they lay my painting surface on top. This time I painted the board and then laid a light weight piece of flex-o-pane on top. My usual techniques of separation did not work with the light plastic so I dragged out my air compressor. I cut small slits to insert the air tube and turned on the power. I am very excited by the results.

Hansel, 8 x 10 clayboard with acrylic paint.

So then….

I cut a piece of flex-o-pane to lay over my synthetic paper. I put a couple of small slits in it for the compressor tube. Then I painted my paper, laid the plastic pane on top and made sure there was good contact. The tube was inserted and the power turned on. I moved the hose around a bit and switched slits once. I used some bamboo skewers to help hold the plastic up off the already printed area. I will try this again!!!

Fuchsia, 20 x 26, acrylic on synthetic paper.

I am not sure that ‘Fuchsia’ is the correct title. I am open to suggestions.

Off Topic

I have been posting thoughts from my fractal thesis, but today, I want to share some new techniques I am working on.

The first two pieces are inspired by the fractal dimension. The fractal dimension is a state of drawing or painting that in neither 1 dimensional or 2 dimensional. It lives around 1.6 and 1.7. Jackson Pollock’s drip paintings often fall in this category. It is why we enjoy looking at them. Our brains just love the complexity. So, my thought was to lay string in the wet paint.

What? String you say….

The plan was to begin my piece the usual way, by pressing paint between two smooth surfaces. Once the two surfaces were removed, I would lay string on the still wet paint, return the second surface and print a second time. I was hoping to get a multi-dimensional result. A little like a pile of cooked spaghetti. I did NOT get what I was hoping for but found the result to be interesting.

Amoeba, 26 x 20 inches, acrylic on synthetic paper
Snakes, 20 x 26 inches, acrylic on synthetic paper.