“Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase” Martin Luther King Jr.
This post is about creating for the joy of it,which is what I have been doing for the last five days. The above image is a mixed media drawing/painting I have been creating during the last five days. Below is the step by step process I have taken to create this image. A week ago Thursday I looked a an art book titled Manolo Millares that was in the room at the St. Louis Artists’ Guild.This room is where informal drawing and painting from model sessions take place.During a model break I began looking at the paintings of Manolo Millares and was inspired by his paintings. I went online several days later and printed some of paintings.I used One of his paintings as a starting point for my painting Union.
My painting/drawing “Union” is a study which I think has led me to a new direction for my art.I had read that Millares had used muslin in his paintings so I went to Ben Franklin and bought a few yards of a similar material. At a local hardware store I bought a bucket of Speed Patch which is a blacktop crack and hole repair paste. With a trowel I covered a piece of corrugated board which is 18″ wide by 24″ high. I cut out several pieces of muslin and pasted them on the board. I then painted the muslin white with 1st step Block Filler which has little pieces of something mixed with the paint. both the blacktop paste and the paint dry rapidly with a mat textured finish. They have little oder,which is a good thing even though I was creating this painting outside. While looking at Millares painting I saw a shape that looked like a work glove ,so I pasted an old work glove , I had in my garage, on my painting “Union”. I painted the glove white. While the blacktop paste was still wet I made marks in it with the end of a small brush. I daubed some white paint on the black background and that was the end of stage one.
I diluted some black oil paint with paint thinner and with a 2″ synthetic brush stained the white and black areas of my pianting. I loosely painted over the stain with acrylic paint and that was the end of phase 2.
I forgot to take photos of stage three so I have combined the description of stage 3 and 4. I had strips of a drop cloth, I had torn up for another collage,that were about one inch wide and glued them to my painting. The strips had “accidental” color on them which I liked.I then did a “Jackson Pollock” with my two inch brush loaded with white paint. I studied the results up to this point and then had an a-hah moment. With my Berol 0.05 technical pencil I began to make marks on the white paint, I began to draw.I had the realization that was what I enjoyed the most while creating illustrations of things ,like fish and fruits and people, it was the making of marks and the subject matter was incidental. I also used a fine line marker on the white paint and used Pro white paint with a small brush to make marks on the black paint. I also added small patches of color with liquid acrylic ink.That was the end of stages 3 and 4. Another idea I have been thinking about is to encourage the viewer of my paintings to get very close to view what I have seen while creating,seeing my marks.Recently I like to show details of my paintings on my website studiodyess.com and blog. Perhaps this is the best way to show my work. This painting is a prototype and I will use what I have learned on other paintings. I have come up with ideas for other paintings by taking the first step.
Here another link to my friend Rev.Tim Carson’s blog Vital Wholeness. I think it is connected to what I am thinking recently.