24 hour fingerpainting

I am not a patient artist. The heat gun is my friend.

Acrylics can bubble when you use a heat gun, but given my impatience, I have mastered the art of blasting wet paint at the appropriate distance. This particular piece would not look as it does, were it not for my impatience.

However, unlike usual, I didn’t heat gun the paint and failed to realise how wet it remained as I continued to work. Brushes started to annoy me, so I used my fingers instead. This results in smudging and blending of the paint together which I had not expected. Details of the face became lost, and I had what I thought was a mess.

If impatience is a key trait, initial dislike of my work is another.

Which is where the 24 hours rule comes in. No paintings are allowed to be obliterated with titanium white at the end of the evening. No matter how disappointing, I just go to bed. This is because I have discovered time and time again, that my dislike diminishes. In this case, I got out a pen the next night, brushes in a few details, added a tiny amount of paint and a painting that the night before would have been trashed, became something I really liked. I’m waiting for this ridiculous rule to fail me and for a piece to look just as bad 24 hours later as I thought it to be… and when that time comes I’ll be ready with the artists eraser – white paint. But until then… 24 hours never hurt anyone and the only one to see it during that time is the cat.


Posted on June 4, 2008, in Art and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. wow never thought to use a heat gun on acrylics!

    I find myself finger painting too!

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