Once I realized that I had over blended my paints in this alla prima abstract, I became frustrated. Once over blended, there is no turning back. How could I not waste the paint? How could I make this work and produce an abstract I could be proud of having created? Could I save it?
In my process, I do not “under paint” my canvases per sé. I knew from my many decades of painting experience, the original hues were the first paints on my white gessoed canvas. That color was still on the canvas, hidden under the surface paint. I had to find a way to bring it out; to show its beauty below. Could I accomplish this?
At first glance, a total random mess. Upon looking closer into the abstract, it had life! Beautiful color peeked out. It had interest with patterns, texture and color. An interesting pattern of little textured dots all over the canvas with smears of beautiful color emerging from beneath the dull surface. Due to the many layers of paint put down on the canvas, the hues created many blends of wonderful color. Red mixed with yellow, blue with white, yellow with blue and etc. Patterned dots of the yucky greenish-brown were juxtaposed into the vibrant color on the surface below.
The abstract is signed, titled and dated on the back and ships with a Certificate of Authenticity. By signing the painting on the back this allows the painting’s orientation to be rotated in any one of four directions as desired. This lightly textured alla prima, acrylic abstract is painted on stretched canvas, with palette knives, and a gloss varnish was added upon completion, conveying a state of wetness. Canvas measures 8″ x 10″ in size.
Screen image is representative of the original painting; color may differ slightly from screen to original artwork.