I still am experimenting with different surface techniques on 12″ X 12″ canvases. I started thinking about what different surfaces I could use to paint on? I also am a sculptor and have been making sculptures for most of my life so wanted to get back to my sculptural works. So, I looked at my sculptures and loved the way the plaster created these modulated surfaces and thought that I could reproduce this technique on the stretched canvas. I also can fold the paper and discharge the surface to create interesting textural surfaces. So, I began to think of ways that I can combine different folded papers with the plaster and then wax those surfaces. My first piece was this one. I folded the paper and glued the folded paper onto the canvas and then added collaged materials within the channels and then used the coloured wax to paint the surface.
The next piece I added plaster strips in the channels and then used the coloured wax to paint over the surface and then added oil paint for the last layer of paint.
Earlier I wrote that I was having difficulty making the wax layers really smooth and that I was going to attempt to just keep smoothing each surface layer until it worked. Well, to begin with, I had such a choppy surface that nothing would work to get the layers looking like glass so I just let the process take me away. I had to work with what I had and smoothness was not an option. It is interesting to go with the flow and not fight the process. So, I found pieces of fabric and burnished them into the wax. Then, I cut shapes and added those onto the finished surface. I used wax crayons and water colour to fill in those oval shapes. Here is the result of today’s work. It is not a finished piece but a work in process.