Last night I finished my first larger painting using my splish-splash methodology. (I am trying to come up with a less cutsy term but haven’t found one yet.) This painting is 12″ X 16″ and started out rather dramitically.
I got involved in painting and unfortunately did not get photos as I worked my way to a finished painting. I think this painting had six or eight layers of paint applied as it evolved.
I am still working primarily without a brush and am still being inspired by the processes and abstract acrylic paintings of Edward Betts and his book Masters Class in Watercolor. The challenge I set for myself was to see if I could duplicate the intensity of the color by layering watercolor rather than acrylic paint. I think I achieved this with yesterday’s painting and with today’s. A couple of key elements are 1) let your paper dry thoroughly at several points in your process, 2) have the courage to use white gouache liberally 3) refrain from over working any step and 4) if you do spray, drop in an opaque paint and start that section over while maintaining a consistent look to the whole.