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Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Bloom

Bloom
20 x 16"
acrylic on wood panel
© Nicki Ault, 2014

Well, the playing and experimenting continues. Who knows what's happening really, but it's fun! And I am not feeling pressured that these boards turn out; they aren't expensive so why not use them to experiment? I went in search of options and the boards were suggested to me at Hues Art Supply, along with Terra Skin paper which I have waiting for me at the studio. I left this board raw- I only sanded the surface; no gesso, no nothin'. Because there was no sealant on the board, the paint soaked in initially until some layers built up. I don't mind the muted or dulled effect of the absorbed paint where the layers aren't as thick; it helps the colour pop in other areas. This is more noticeable in person. A friend told me (in a nice way- a friendly critique) that the last abstract painting I posted ("Sometimes I Despair") didn't have enough colour, so guess what? Ba- BAM! Here's some colour!

I really like this painting as a one inch thumbnail photo, however as the image size increases I become less and less sure! I'll show my experiments on the blog whether or not they are resounding successes, but I won't waste your time with the complete and utter failures. You've got better things to do.

2 comments:

Bernie said...

It seems a far departure from your "ordinary" work but that doesn't make it bad. It certainly has colour -- in fact it would look awesome as fabric cut up into little squares In a quilt because of all the colours

Nicki said...

Hi Bernie, yes indeed, it is a far departure, but that is what is making the idea of experimenting so fun. And I am discovering that abstracts are hard to pull off!