June 30: Poured Line
Today’s exercise was straight from Rolina Van Vliet’s (2008) book Painting Abstracts. Her technique didn’t work quite as well as she described it, but we all believe that our paintings were successful. In looking at the pieces later, we agreed that any observer could recognize that three people produced them.
Rolina’s technique had us (a) paint an underpainting, (b) pour a thick line of gesso from a bottle with a nozzle, (c) after letting the line dry, add color to some of the enclosed shapes, (d) rock the board back and forth, let it partly dry, and then add another color, and (e) paint some sections smooth to act as calming areas.
We also painted some tissue paper, in the style of Eric Carle, for collage work that will come on another day.