The aim of this exercise was to apply paint without using brushes and to concentrate on mark-making rather than creating an actual picture.
I used A3 paper and a selection of colours – cadmium yellow, cadmium red, phthalocyanine blue, yellow ochre and titanium white. Instead of brushes I used:
- palette knive
- kitchen roll
I had no pre-conceived idea of what I would produce and just played with textures that appealed to me. After a while I started to see shapes that would suggest a building or a path and worked up some of these areas – though not too much.
I really liked some of the textures and the whole exercise is one that is good to do – as a warm up to something else or if I was a bit stuck for ideas because, although you are not creating a specific subject, the layers and textures start to suggest ideas.
- If I was doing the exercise again I would try not to overwork it as some areas got covered that probably worked better in their initial state.
- Be interesting to try creating a specific subject without using brushes as there is only so far that you can control it – an exercise, perhaps, in going for free fall but having the confidence to know when to stop.