Back to Basics
Mixed-media on canvas
Once in a while it's fun to look around the studio to find things to include or to hide in a painting. Several years ago I had cast some shapes out of PermaStone. As I was rummaging through my cabinet of odds and ends, I came across a couple of pieces that I thought would be fun to include in the painting. I also added clear tar gel, crackle paste, heavy gloss gel, oil pastel and a few collage pieces that I cut from a magazine. As I slowly started to build up the texture and layering the paint, I also started subtracting out some areas to reveal the coats of underlying color. Diluted gesso helped to "veil" areas that I thought were too dominant and I used glazes of transparent color to eventually bring the painting to completion.
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Filomena de Andrade Booth
Texas Contemporary Abstract Artist