- February 15, 2020
The challenge to defy convention
A thin layer of Acrylic paint dries in roughly a 10 minute period of time. For this reason, acrylic paint is considered a very forgiving medium. In a classically painted acrylic piece, a series of layers are used to create a final representation of the subject & imagery. In this process, an artist has a forgiving window in the journey to fine-tune their vision. If a brushstroke is misplaced the artist has the option to take it back a few layers by painting over the target area. This ultimately clears the pallet in preparation to then work forward with an extra attempt to achieve their intended goal. Ultimately this technique can be performed countless amount of times until the artist is happy with their final piece.
I aimed to defy the conventional creative process in the Panthera Series by retaining the primary base layer. This first layer was applied as a textured abstract. This is meant to convey, both literally & figuratively, a wall. From here I worked with deep precision to build form while aiming to ensure the base background was left untouched. This process left a very low margin for error as any misplaced brushstroke would force me to paint over it. Any corrections, in turn, would cause the base layer to disappear behind several layers of paint. You can see this especially in the texture of the white in the nose of ‘Courage’. This was done by scraping back the primary abstract to pull off the surface layer between the primary gesso & the canvas.
This piece connects to the synopsis of the series written in ‘Spirit of the Lion’ & ‘Spirit of the Tiger’.
Shop16x20'' Fine Art Giclee Print
Spirit of the Lion (2019) 5×4 ft Acrylic on Canvas – Click here for details
Spirit of the Tiger (2019) 5×4 ft Acrylic on Canvas – Click here for details
Spirit of the Panther (2019) 5×4 ft Acrylic on Canvas – Click here for details