Andy Warhol used to paint with a record spinning, TV on and Magazines open to eliminate all sense of intent… painting a soda bottle in a way that represented a soda bottle. Jackson Pollock would chain smoke and drip paint in a trans-like state, channeling his emotional current through flicks of the wrist.
When I paint locations,I try and let the scene speak to me. After several “rain delayed” days on my most recent bridge picture, I decided to take the Warhol approach and paint, letting the picture happen with minimal conscious control.
Fueled with a spread of amazing art books, including Basquiat, Bacon and Kandinsky; Twitter, iTunes and a crappy 1986 movie – I let the brush move the paint, abstract distraction painting process after the jump.
Set up and ready to go.
Starting with a few broad strokes of Cyan with a large brush.
Adding a deep orange to the picture, again, large brush, heavy paint application.
A deeper orange/red joining the fray, in large sweeping strokes.
An extremely light blue added, then mixed into the wet canvas with other colors in select areas, all determined at random (cue psychoanalysis on the mechanisms behind each mark.)
Deep yellows, not out of the tube, but close.
Lime green on top of the yellow, heavy paint, hash marks appearing.
A select few strokes of Alizarin Crimson.
Sitting close to the canvas with no distance or perspective, adding shapes/outlines with Paynes Grey from the tube.
Some light blues, playing with the free forms of the background, and boundaries created by the grey marks.
A hotter red, accentuating the points.
Dark in the form of red and green mixed together, further identifying the forms.
An aggressive rounds of hot red.
Winter green mint, cooling off the hot blast of red in places, antagonizing it in others…
And some hand mixed cerulean blue to ice the cake.
Fin, my first abstract painting in some time – I really enjoyed myself.