Originally uploaded by SunToad.

After the last painting, I wanted to do something easy and quick and I wanted to try out that masking technique again.

So, I took an old canvas that had been mostly covered with Lamp Black and then abandoned after the original idea didn't work out, and started laying tape out in lines until I came up with this design.

I thought this one would be fairly simple and be easy to spot, but my wife took one look and said, with complete certainty, that I had painted the Luxor, in Las Vegas. When I explained that it was actually a volcano, she asked if I was sure. Again.

I'm not sure abstracts are my forte. But it was fun and quick and easy to do, occupying a rainy afternoon and I'm mostly pleased with it. What I don't like is that it looks like a background to me. Like I need an animation cell or something in front of it to give it some sort of story or reason for being. I may go back and add to it someday, but for now it's on the wall and out of my head.

I was quite pleased with the way the masking worked out on this one and plan at least two more paintings using the technique, also using acrylics. At the same time, I think I'm ready to try a still-life, something close to reality. I don't think I want to go photo realistic, but something that uses light and shadow and creates something recognizable from the real world. Maybe.

Then again, the absolute next painting I plan to do is another semi-animation one using the flat, broad colors that I like. We'll see how that goes.


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One response to “Volcano

  1. onemanriotsquad

    Nailed it, I’d say. I love this one. Great colors. Real sharp. I think this style is your forte, like the beetle, the red chick, etc. Flat, graphic, outlined. Really made my eye play around. Good work here!

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