Monday, January 11, 2010

Sculpture and Community -The Making of Ritual 2010

Now the fun part begins, PAINTING! (I've always wanted to be a Japanese Mexican folk artist.) Cover as much of the brown cardboard with color base coat. You can see how just a quick dry brushing starts to bring out the features of the face.

The trick to painting like this is to stay loose while making every stroke of the brush count. You can always correct and paint something out, but the goal is to get it right the first time, practicing an economy of gesture.

I've been studying arabesque lines for years. There's an internal logic that makes the decorative pattern fit any surface. So here's a perfect canvas to practice painting over irregular surfaces. The layers of paint help unify the surfaces. inculding that large fountain firework in the foreground.

1 comment:

Carolyn Parker said...

What a fabulous fun piece! You do have the touch Patrick.