Skin

A collection of acrylic and tempera paintings - on transparent acrylic sheet.

In a DIY store I found some materials for creating secondary double glazing. The idea was to stick a thin metal strip onto the window frame and a corresponding magnetic strip onto a sheet of clear acrylic. this meant the sheet could be removed during the summer. It also gave me an elegant way of fixing a thin lightweight panel to the wall.

 

A brush stroke is a basic unit of painting. Before deciding what to do with my brush strokes I isolated them. Choosing flat brushes made it easy to define a standard perimeter for each size. When a brush is loaded with paint you can make several marks before having to dip it in again. I had to choose the number of marks to make in between. Each successive brush stroke carries a little less pigment. When placed in rows a pattern forms.

 

Not wanting to be in charge of this pattern too much led me to an egg cup and six sided die. I would let chance decide. Once the brush stroke is made things like surface tension take over. The particles of coloured material clump together as the solution dries. Individual patterns form. No two ares of paint are the same.

 

The paint comes from the manufacturer in tubes. Many choices have already been made. They are colours made to make images with. Their origins shaped by demand of use and the available materials and technology. I let myself decide which to use but no mixing was allowed.

 

These paintings originated from using basic bits of painted information in simple arrangements. What impressed itself upon me was how easily patterns grow to a complexity which trick us into seeing an image.