Zodiac series, “Cancer”

Hello everybody, below is a painting from a small series of zodiac paintings called “cancer”:
img_3787This was done with acrylic pouring medium. I thought the medium would be perfect for this subject matter. Which, I do agree by the look of the finished product but it was by far, one of the most time-consuming paintings.

Here is a side view:
img_3788I decided to paint the sides in matte black. The painting wasn’t the only hard part but taping off the edges and trying to get a perfect edge is difficult (you have to cut off the acrylic layers with a blade).

The glossy, layered and highly reflective surface is great to illustrate the stars in the galaxy:
img_3789But it is really hard to keep the surface pristine and free from fingerprints, dust, bubbles and dents while working on the many layers.

More detail views:
img_3791It is mesmerizing to look into the different layers of the painting. But the layers are relatively soft and easy to mar until the piece is varnished at the end.

I decided to make only four of these, one for each member of my family. I thought they would be nice displayed as a grouping. My reason for limiting the numbers of these paintings is due to their laboriousness. They are also nerve-wracking to make: precise cutting of the edges, many layers of pouring medium and easy damageability during the making process. But, I’m glad it’s done and pretty happy with the result. This piece was for my youngest son.

“The Dove”

img_3772 Above is an acrylic pouring medium painting I’ve done recently. It is a personal piece that I had in my head for a while. I won’t go too much into detail but this painting is symbolic of a specific moment in my life.

The effect that I like most about this piece is the “honed marble” look. Again, please excuse my iphonography (but it’s really hard to show in the photo), the matte but smoothness of the surface:
img_3775It was achieved by applying matte varnish to the painting. The whole painting was varnished thoroughly in gloss varnish for protection, and then varnished superficially in matte for effect. If you look closely in real life, the gloss is still present in the crevices; this is why it looks like honed marble. The painting feels really nice to the touch. It almost feels counter-intuitive to use a high-gloss medium to achieve a matte product in the end. But, the pouring medium really adds to the dimension and layered aspect of the painting.

You can see the built-up layers from the sides especially:

And the undulating layers of the clouds:

Detail of dove:

I am really pleased with the way this painting turned out. Since, I’ve been mulling it over in my head for years on how to do this painting. It is really difficult to capture a feeling, the atmosphere and visual realities one had at a specific moment in time. In this piece, I was able to express what I wanted though the tactile and symbolic elements.

“Misty Mountains”

Hi everyone, I hope you had a great weekend. Below is a mixed-media painting that I’ve been working on:
This piece is acrylic and rice paper. The rice paper is collaged onto acrylic paint. You can see this in the misty clouds:

It started out with an underpainting of darker colours and textures seen through this lower left corner:
img_3759 The rice paper as well as lighter paint for the mist were applied in layers.

My signature chop from asian-themed elements in previous pieces have evolved to look more like hieroglyphics here:

I used darker paint to “stain” around the edge of the piece to give the painting more definition:
I’m kind of undecided about this piece but I enjoyed working in this particular proportional format.