Bird Totem, expressive painting

Posted: January 25, 2012 in expressive painting
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Bird totem is a 16×20 stretched canvas onto which I expressively painted with my fingers. The fun of this technique is laying paint down with multi-colors going and mixing them in hand and then seeing what the patterns and shapes turn out to be. This one is an owl or even parrot like bird because of the shortish beak and squat body shape. Charcoal outlining helps define the shapes once I identifiy them, and for random mark making. This technique, which began as a student request in one of my classes this past year, is rapidly becoming one of my favorite ways to work. I love the freedom and the squishy feeling of the paint. If you don’ t like what you did, or don’t see any special pattern or shape,  you simply go over it again until you do. Easy peasy. Try it! Paper or canvas works great. Brown paper bags would even be cool.

  1. Star Shines says:

    Ohhhh I love this and the colors. Very good T!

  2. megan noel says:

    oh i do love this. it is so alive and the colors are just wonderful!

    • crickyn says:

      thank you mei. it’s that “freehand” mixing, i tell you, the colors seem more pure. perhaps because they are not being overmixed? thanks for commenting.

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