Sunday, September 1, 2013

Coarse linen and textural paint

Look Away
24 x 12
Flat shadows and dimensional lights: words I try to paint by.  It's not always easy because there's so much interesting and subtle detail in the shadow areas - gentle temperature changes which suggest the form - but when I give in to my oc impulses and depict them, I end up with a mixed message of a painting; one in which my goal isn't clear: am I most interested in the lit or the shadow side?

In this painting I kept the shadows to warm, thin scumbles and really laid it on thick in the lights.
You can see just how thick in this detail:

Like cake frosting, oil paint can be trowelled on in luscious layers, and it seems a shame when a painting doesn't show some of that natural, sculptural quality.

You can see that the fabric weave on this piece is very visible.  I'm experimenting with a coarse linen that's meant for large-scale work.  It's thick and heavy, and I like the way it resists buckling during stretching, but I bought it for its obvious texture, figuring it would push me to a more varied surface treatment.  In some places the weave is very visible, in some it's completely obscured, and in others it's somewhat visible.  On a smooth linen, I can get those paint consistencies as well, but this linen emphasizes them in a way that I like... this week.  Next week, who knows what I'll be looking for in a surface?  Ultra-smooth wooden panels, no doubt.

Happy painting!



Bobbi Dunlop said...

This is simply scrumptious, Ingrid. Love the sculptural and textural qualities of this piece!

So beautiful!

Ingrid Christensen said...

Thanks, Bobbi, my tireless reader. I appreciate your lovely comments!

Arto Isotalo said...

Beautiful piece! I really like the subtle color variations and brushwork here. Let me know if you're interested in trading paintings someday :)

Ingrid Christensen said...

I am interested in trading, Arto. I love your work and that's a great idea. Something painted from life would be wonderful as I think there's more of the painter in those pieces.

Anonymous said...

what kind canvas linen it this???and were i can buy it

Ingrid Christensen said...

It's Claessens #29 oil primed linen.
I get it from Blick Art Supplies. They're great value.