Saturday, April 14, 2012
There is something interesting about texture and decay. While we can find it distasteful in some situations, it still has the connection to life, often from neglect in man made structures. Natural objects, which still decay, don't seem to have the roughness to them or stand out as strongly visually.
This wall, along the side of a canal shows all the elements of age, decay and neglect. Iron in water pipe exits stains the concrete surface with shades of orange rust. Water stains seep upwards from tide or lock lines. Metal erodes, concrete crumbles. Nature reclaims its space.
This is a multimedia piece on 4" x 12" gallery canvas. I used coarse pumice paste for the top third to add roughness, molding paste for the rest with a little firm gel in places. Oil washes, a bit of palette knife work and here it is. 4 x 12 on gallery canvas.
Pastes and gels are wonderful for adding texture to paintings, and any number of effects can be created using them. They break up the surface and leave under colour showing through as additional layers hit the high points.