These images represent a shift in materials that occurred toward the end of the year. I was exploring combining mark making with collage and painting techniques, using simple shapes and forms. I wanted to build up rich color with glazing, transparency, and simple forms. Eventually I began using fabrics as collage elements.
My interest in fabrics and layered painting techniques traces back to my years as a textile artist. I recently stumbled upon some original fabrics from that period which spoke to the transparencies I searching for in my painting. I immediately saw ways to use those fabrics in my paintings to create a new type of layers.
Not only did I use painted the fabric, but I also began using fabric that I stitched into. The stiching was a new type of line that could not be achieved by other methods. These new techniques worked well with the other materials and layering techniques I had been using, and eventually, I opened up to considering the use of other materials such as gauze and burlap.
All pieces are acrylic mixed media on wood panel.
- Use of acrylic paint, sanding repainting, scratching and drawing
- Introduction of various mark-making tools
- Interest in exploring texture, shape and lines
- Integration of stitch and fabric as design elements