Wednesday, November 12, 2008

No. 47. Abstract: Lavaflow

Another enjoyable couple of hours. It feels good to start a small project with no clear idea of how it will turn out. It's the paint that speaks. 

Once again, this is a mixed-media piece on canvas board -acrylics and varnish. As usual, the varnish buckles and cracks, leaving a craquelure effect that builds as layers of colour are applied. 

Hence the title: the effect suggested lava as it forms a crust and you can still see the molten rock glowing beneath. Not that I've experienced much on the way of volcanic activity in Ireland. The only eruptions around here are induced by over-indulgence in porter.

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