Making It / Stephen B. MacInnis / I’m working in oils again

I tried to just reblog this, but the photos didn’t show up without clicking on it again, so I just copied his whole post.  This is what I want this blog to be about–how artists do what they do–and why.  I think I’ll have to start adding some description to my own Making It posts.

“The other day I picked up an old painting and began painting over it. I roughed in a composition using blues and white oil paint mixed with a bit of stand oil. After I had everything blocked in I crumpled up a sheet of brown wrapping paper and placed it over the painting.”

“I left the paper on the painting overnight and the paper soaked up some of the oil. I carefully pulled the paper off.”

“The surface of the canvas is left with a rich texture, and some areas are matte and some are glossy.”

“In some areas bits of the old painting show through, but the effect is what I am looking for. The painting is far from done, and I will continue building up and removing layers with this technique.”

“I’m thinking I’ll keep it mostly blue, but with a bit of red and green too.”

I keep wondering how Stephen knows when a painting is finished, but invariably he knows when to add not another drop!

About destructivetesting

I'm a self-taught artist who prefers to use found objects in ways that were never intended. I'm not interested in making 10 or 100 of the same object. This, of course, takes more time to make each piece. I also prefer a more minimalist look, where each part of a piece can be appreciated. I consider my clocks to be small sculptures with moving parts. And, my lamps to be small sculptures with light. My mirrors are reflective sculptures. DESTRUCTIVE TESTING means to push something to it's limits to understand it's structural performance or material behavior under different stresses. I interpret this in my artwork as using materials in different ways or combinations than they were designed to be used. I also just like the slightly ominous sound of the term...
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1 Response to Making It / Stephen B. MacInnis / I’m working in oils again

  1. barbaraelka says:

    love the blue hues…love the concept

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