Four weeks out from my heart surgery, I dove into acrylic and watercolor work on paper. I was still a month or two away from returning to work, but my energy was increasing. The previous paintings I worked on were all on the iPad, and didn’t require and setup, paper or real paint. I didn’t get as far with these hand-painted pieces, but the one I did finish gave me a great sense of balance and satisfaction (scroll to the bottom for that).
Just as I started the digital paintings with carefully laid out patterns, I chose to start these with a geometric grid. A former mentor of mine named George Walker taught me the technique of drawing transparent paint on with custom brushes and guides. I used the ruler on my drafting table to get the background lines painted on.
Simplicity is a great place to start from, but also easily crosses into complication. These paintings became slow moving after a pretty vigorous start. In other words, still in progress. Work that is geometric in nature seems to require a bit more consideration in the finishing stages as any small move stands out. This is opposed to more gesture and color-rich work which often can be finished in a creative storm.
I managed to finish one painting and put the rest of the project into hibernation…