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Friday, 9 January 2009

Textures





I have been experimenting with the texture of paint recently. Simple things like alternating the direction of brush strokes or changing the grip on the brush can impart a different quality to the surface. Unfortunately, such subtlety does not photograph well (at all!). In this painting that I finished this week the whole foreground was repainted in a couple of minutes after it had become too fussy. Foreground textures were indicated by allowing a loosely gripped, loaded brush to skip over the surface.

9 Comments:

Blogger Maggie Latham said...

Keith,
This is a very interesting painting. I like what you have done in the foreground with your looser style. Scumbling (or dry brush as I call it in watercolour) often gives just the right ‘zing’ to a painting creating areas of broken colour and interest…left to the imagination.
Maggie

16 January 2009 at 14:31  
Blogger Marc R. Hanson said...

Gorgeous painting Keith!!!

Isn't painting fun??? Or it can be. I like your experimental way of doing things too. I'm an incurable 'experimenter' with priming, linen weaves, boards, shellac, lead, and all. It keeps the excitement in the process alive IMHO. I don't think that I'll ever find the magic bullet that I'm after in this regard, but it keeps things interesting.

In fact, if you know or can find out what it is that Matthew Alexander mixes into his primer (acrylic primer?), I'd love to know. I went back and forth with him in emails a few years back about it but I could never be sure of what he meant and decided to quit bothering him.

He told me that he mixed in 'French Chalk', which is also called Talc. However, his description of it doesn't match what I found over here. Talc is very, very slippery, as we know from our baby's butts or our own experience as a toddler. I wonder if it's semantics?

Anyway, I love this piece... Nice, nice work.

16 January 2009 at 15:37  
Blogger Bill Guffey said...

Keith, this is one of my favorites of yours! Very nice painting. Love the details when viewed at larger size.

16 January 2009 at 19:10  
Blogger Keith said...

Maggie, Marc and Bill, Thanks all for the generous comments.

Marc, I'm not sure about the use of talc - I sometimes add texure paste to acrylic primer which I beleive is based on mable dust.

17 January 2009 at 13:55  
Blogger Simon Jones said...

Looks great, very airy and spscious, talking of texture, do you use a textured ground, the sky seems to have some background texture. I paint at quite small scale so when its scanned at high res it looks like Rolf Harris has painted it, yes that is a good thing.

21 January 2009 at 11:55  
Blogger Keith said...

Hi Simon, thanks for the comments. Yes, I have used texture paste mixed into the second coat of acrylic primer (about 50/50). This was applied randomly with a bristle brush. The resulting texture takes paint off the brush in a similar way to the weave of a coarse canvas (although the visual effect is very different).

21 January 2009 at 12:13  
Blogger Marilyn M. King said...

This appears to be painted by a master. Is it really yours? lol

All those rich grays get me every time, Keith.
It's really beautiful. Can't wait to see the next one finished (the painting begun in the next post ).

7 February 2009 at 05:33  
Blogger Jenniferartist said...

Hi Keith,
How are you? This painting is stop dead Gorgeous. Yes it does have the look of an old painting by a master! Now do some more..! I have been away for awhile but I am back. Glad to see you are going at it big time. The painting with the hedge row was interesting. Watch the middle zone. Can't wait to see the series. Are you sure about the year of the rabbit? I am Pisces too. A Rooster though..!

15 February 2009 at 03:58  
Blogger Keith said...

Thanks all for the lovely comments - much appreciated.

18 February 2009 at 08:44  

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