Friday, March 13, 2015

The Kraken

The Kraken
Acrylic on canvas. 20" x 24"

Copyright 2015, Jessie Keating

The Kraken
Acrylic on canvas. 8" x 8"

Copyright 2015, Jessie Keating

I've been on a bit of a painting streak (ha!  see what I did there?) lately.  These are my two latest acrylics (and after a third--in progress--Kraken, I may be able to stop painting him.  Maybe.)

I really love texture in paintings.  Some of my favorite artists are Van Gogh and Pollock, because you can see the paint: the way the light hits the mountains and valleys created by thick and thin layers.  I am really enamored with layering paint on in the background, using the brush, my fingers, bubble wrap pressing.  I'm equally excited about scraping shapes into the thick paint, so you can see the layers through the lines, sort of like pictures of the strata of the earth, only teeny tiny.

I'm having fun with these techniques, learning to listen to my instincts for what looks right to me.

Just for fun, here is an in process shot of the large canvas, as well as the original sketches.


Rainya said...

Print please?

Jessie Keating said...

You know it! Working on that this week.