Thursday, October 06, 2005


acrylic on wood with gold leaf

Painting on wood provides a resistance to the palette knife and brush. A different pictures comes from this as the paint slides and stops in a slicker way. Often the surface is built up in multiple layers; ridges and dents catch the paint and lead the light to fall more sharply on the surface. A recent discipline is to stop after the initial few layers and then "take out" what I like most, to strip down to more esserntial parts of the painting. The biggest challenge is knowing when to stop.