The Classic Scrape
I’m always testing things out with my painting. New tools. Different techniques. Various paints and materials on which to paint. This is especially true with the method in which I apply the paint. But one method I keep coming back to is the scraped method.
I’ve recently grown a fond interest in Gerhard Richter, and it got me thinking: why haven’t I experimented with this more? So I got out my scraper and went to work, with the idea of creating a simple two-toned piece.
And here it is.
Old Red and Blue
Red and blue are classic colors, especially here in the states. It means different things to different people of course, but for me it means justice and sacrifice. Blue is my favorite overall color for its ability to be universally accepted and calming, while red seems the exact opposite – it demands action. It’s not hard to see the resemblance of the whole “Fire and Ice” them when they’re paired against one another. They both compete for attention but for different reasons.
An Artist’s Inner Struggle
When I first made the piece, I won’t lie – I hated it. The first layer of this painting had become a redish-bluish-purplish mush. While the purple was something nice, the problem with paint is that if it’s mixed too much, it becomes mud. Any experienced painter knows EXACTLY what I’m talking about. One too many motions and everything sloshes together.
Because of this lack of definition and run on colors, the painting felt empty; unfinished. I could have stopped, but it just felt… wrong.
So I had to redo it. And redo it again. It took several tries before the colors were the way I wanted them and the strokes were defined.
Simple yet Bold
This piece is an interesting one – I used a few new various of the type of a paint I normally do. I used a different brand for the blue (Clark and Kensington) and low sheen version of the red (of Dunn Edwards brands) than I normally buy.
Because of this, the painting is actually a little darker than many of my other pieces, but it still has a vibrancy that makes it stand out.