This technique is inspired by the art of sumi. I used pallet knives on canson oil paper. For color I used alcohol ink. Typically, alcohol ink is used on synthetic surfaces, not absorbent paper. However, if I act quickly, I can get it to do some interesting things by using a pallet knife. Sometimes you can re-wet it by adding a bit of 99% isopropyl alcohol. Sometimes not. In this I did a lot of quick drawing with the flat part of the knife and then quickly moved to the edge before the ink had a chance to dry complete. This all must be very swift motion. I then added some of the ‘snow cap’ alcohol ink, which is a mixative. It does odd things when added with ink. Especially on oil paper. It makes some interesting lines that lightened up the colors below it, almost as if I went in with white paint and drew the lines in. I had to work swiftly here as well. It turns into a jelly-like texture very quickly. Then bam! It’s just dry and you’re done.
This one reminds me of a crazy dance. A Janky Dance. Simply happy, swirling motion. This piece has a lot of movement in it. It’s very energetic, even though the colors are calming ones. I think one can be calm and energetic at the same time. For instance, creating this painting was very quickly done but while doing it I was calm. At the same time, I was having fun and that energy translates here, I believe. Hope you enjoy it!
April 29th, 2020
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