Recently, I was talking about painting into thin air. A romantic notion, no?
I wanted to try looping and squiggling my way across the walls of this hallway and across corners and into space using clear vinyl. Wouldn’t that be swell? So I started. But as so often happens, it didn’t quite go according to plan.
There’s this weird thing that happens when you’re an artist working in painting/installation. You learn things you never thought anyone would need to know. Like, I know that acrylic house paint doesn’t crack, peel or bead when painted on clear contact, but artist acrylic does. And I know that painting wool is a rotten job and requires an undercoat to work.
On this work, I am learning that it’s hard to make your squiggle look intuitive when you’re painting a wide and looooooong brushstroke with a comparatively small brush. Now, perhaps that’s something I should have anticipated. I didn’t. I’ma get me a bigger brush! For starters. Then I will see where this goes. There’s much more to do on this.
Also, will I add geometric shapes to this, or simply let it be a big brushstroke? The suspense is killing me.