I just recently became aware—at a rudimentary level—of a technique called negative painting. I know next to nothing about it. But I have my sunny little bedroom-turned-studio, and I have my paints, and I have a canvas board that I found in a pile of supplies.
What the heck—why not experiment with negative painting? What have I got to lose?
I use a plastic palette knife to get a bunch of colors onto my canvas. I work fast, go with my gut. I spritz water over the canvas and scrape with the tip of the palette knife to create some thin twig-like lines of absence.
Instead of painting trees and branches and leaves, I take a brush and paint the negative space that might exist around trees and branches and leaves.
The experience and the painting itself don't quite match what I had in mind when I started.
But what does!
|Screw Auger Falls Birches|
14x11", acrylic on canvas board
Sneak peek at Screw Auger Falls Birches in process: