The posts have given an account of the most recent new work which focuses on the use of staining and small dots and marks of fluid acrylic on canvas. The rather obsessive marks follow a similar method in the previous work, which I refer to as “Webs And Threads”, comprised primarily of works on paper and paintings, using the “stitch-mark”, a motif derived from a stitch developed in “The Threads Project”.
The first of these new paintings were influenced by travel to India and the gorgeous colors, patterns, and embellishment of Indian textiles. “Dreaming of India” is a triptych which was followed by paintings inspired by satellite photographs taken by NASA of Namibia. These are “Delta” and “Red Delta”. “Tidemark” uses a staining process also found in earlier hand-dyed textiles using fiber-reactive dyes on silk. The accidental “tidemark”, usually considered a fault, inspired a similar approach using fluid acrylics on canvas in these new paintings.
Included also are works on paper, “Corona” and “My Country”, both created on my favorite, Okawara. “My Country” has the addition of crushing and wrinkling to add an interesting “terrain” to the surface.
The 60 x 40 inch painting, “Lush”, fulfills my wish to work on a larger scale.
As 2012 continues, so do the dots and staining processes on canvas, with “Viridian”. The dots seem to reference the obsessive stitches in many of the Threads Project pieces.
As a post-script, July 5, 2015: “Mind’s Eye” is the first of three circular works on paper. (See New Work 2013-2014). “Mind’s Eye” is stained with fluid acrylics, much like the early textile dyeing on silk produced unique patterns. The search for shape and pattern led to the circular design and the use of gold fabric paint with a thick viscosity also refers to those earlier silk designs.