Myo͞oziNGs" by Cheryl Wilson
A blank canvas is only the start of my art journey. I am an initiative painter and my art is born through a transforming layering process starting with acrylics and inks. Each layer informs the next curve, arch, or brush stroke as each layer build a story.
I feel freedom when I paint because if know I can paint over anything. I start not knowing where I am going but I go there anyway. If I don’t know what to paint next, I just paint and each layer is a new beginning and a new direction. I paint what I feel and how I feel.
Laying paint in art is almost like a mystery to wonder what the layer underneath was. If you look closely, you will see hints of each layer showing through perhaps in a corner or in a color.
Many have asked about my layering process and the best way to explain this is to show some art and talk about my process in each piece.
In the piece “Oceans Poetry” a 16” by 20” art on canvas, I added heavy molding paste through a place mat to get the raised texture. I then used a base of paint dripping inks onto the canvas and the fluid links mixed with the acrylics to get beautiful layers of blended colors.
n the piece “Kinetic Spirit in Aspect,” an 18” by 24” art also on canvas, I added course pumice gel. This texture added a course layer that gave the paint an extra heavy look. By added many layers of soft body and heavy body acrylic paint, the layers add interest. Fluid acrylics provided drips under some of the layers. I added splatters to balance some heavier areas. All these techniques provide interest for the eye to want to look around the canvas. There are places for the eyes to rest and then find exciting.
Techniques are another way to add texture in the layering process. Many times I add paint with a dry brush and this creates uneven lines that do not blend but add hard edges in the paint. You can actually see the movement of the brush strokes.
Another technique I often used is washing. By adding water or glazing medium the paint can be diluted to sometimes a translucent look. When using a washing technique next to a thicker paint, the layers can be incredible.
Stippling is another fun way to add layers. I use several brushes to create dots and texture that stands out in contract to the drips in my “Fugue with Silent Sentiment.” In this art, I used a blunt brush full of heavy body paint to create the image of a flower.
One of my favorite ways to add texture to my layers is with my favorite tool, the palette knife. This tool can either blend colors or can be used to add thicker layers of paint. In my art “Component vs Purpose” you can see several layers of white and black paint added by the palette knife across the art. It is layered on top of several undercoats of paint and then covered with drips and splatters. If you look in the upper right region, you can see how the palette knife added an interesting white spot where some rough texture underneath created a higher level of white on top of raised texture. In a left middle region, the palette knife blend the white paint with the black paint beneath it in a beautiful blend.
There are many more techniques I use in layering my art. In fact, there are times I make up a technique with what ever I can find around me. Anything is an option! I think my best art layer is done without any planning and just an instantaneous thought!!
"Myo͞oziNGs" by Cheryl Wilson
Cheryl Wilson, artist
"My world without art is just "eh"