I’m back

I’ve neglected posting here for far too long.

In the time since my last post I have continued to build a body of work, experimenting more with materials and mediums.  To my surprise, I have learned that I actually love painting on canvas.  There is a tactile feedback to it that is unlike anything I’ve worked with before.  While I’ve had excellent results with ink, colored pencils, and  paper it turns out that the pigments are far too transitory for my liking. Simply put, they are highly susceptible to fading, whereas the acrylic paints are quite stable and retain their integrity over time.

At the end of my last post I included an image of “unexpected arrival”, a piece primarily done with colored pencils.  My next attempt mixed ink and pencil and is called “Who’s Watching”:

Who's Watching -
“Who’s Watching” 18 x 24 ink and colored pencil on panel, © 2014 Andrew Kersting

I did another small ink & paper piece.  I still love how these look but the fact that they will fade so easily is kind of a deal breaker.  I’m not sure how many more of these I will do.  I struggle a bit with naming some of these.  Here is “Yellow Flower”:

Yellow Flower
“Yellow Flower” 8.5 x 11 ink on paper, © 2014 Andrew Kersting

The first canvas I painted was also the biggest piece I ever did, at 24″ x 36″.  I don’t have a very good picture of it, which is another challenge I face. My little ‘point and shoot’ camera just isn’t up to the task. It has a tendency to distort both the colors and the image itself (as the wide angle lens rounds all the edges a bit).  Unfortunately for now this means that you will have to settle for seeing my second painted canvas.  This one is much smaller at 12″ x 12″.  I used to think that I needed as smooth as possible a surface for precision.  It turns out that the texture of the canvas really doesn’t interfere much.

Drawn Into Darkness Light Emerges Radiant"
Drawn Into Darkness Light Emerges Radiant” 12″ x 12″ acrylic on canvas, © 2014 Andrew Kersting

After I finished that piece I began another on a panel.  It was ready to go so I had to start on it.  The ultra-smooth surface really is not ideal for me, but now that I’ve begun I’m determined to complete it.  I’m two weeks into the project and it looks like this:

Untitled work in progress
Untitled work in progress, 18″ x 24″ acrylic on panel.

In the meantime the art supply store nearest to me had a clearance sale on canvasses, so I bought 10 in different sizes ranging from 20 x 20 to 30 x 30.  They are all square because every time I do one in a rectangular format it feels like something is getting cut off on the sides.  I am really excited to begin using them, but am determined to finish this panel first.

Until next time, thanks for looking!