I hadn’t intended to create the effect of looking through windows in my new painting. I originally imagined the piece would have a looser feel using splatters and drips. I wanted to explore the color blue in this painting, and while I expected the result to have a quieter mood surrounding it, I wasn’t entirely prepared for the astonishing surprise viewed through the windows.
I started with a light tone of blue and red for the under painting and then moved right away to the fun part- drips! The canvas was tilted while I applied darker blue to one end. I manipulated a few running drips here and there, but for the most part, let them be.
Once the drips had set, I returned to the painting and felt it needed an emphasis on line. The way in which I wanted to do that was to apply painter’s tape to a couple of areas. I chose a corner of the canvas and crossed two pieces of tape one over the other in that section.
I applied some blue with gloss medium closest to the tape and a little white in the open areas to create opacity. I had an idea that the layer underneath the tape might appear more clear and transparent than the areas I left untaped. When I pulled the tape up once the paint was dry, I was pleasantly surprised.
It was like peeking into another world.
I enhanced a few areas that had been under the tape with India ink and white paint. I loved the effect so much that I took a smaller piece of tape and repeated the experiment in a different area of the painting. The result in that area is less dramatic, but it works to pull the painting’s composition together. Finally, I added a few hints of red here and there. Every painting needs a little red.