I am trying this summer to simplify my productive activities without too much success.

I’m swimming in notions about how to create visual effects, whereas I should be advancing messages. The kit is there, now for more of a narrative.

On the one hand the chandeliers are happy being themselves: it’s the paint application technique that I’ve come up with that’s causing trouble. It produces results easily but, for now somewhat too randomly. I’m trying to harness it’s propensity for doing its own thing by finding things for it to do. Things that tend to be rendered in stone is one approach that I am playing with.

green painted panel P&R

In this instance I have used black, white and green paint.  The result I’m getting reminds me of sections of  metamorphic rock. The technique is simple, but I’ll leave it to you to guess how it’s done.

painted tryptich P&R

Here is a triptych using the same method.

slumped plastic links P&R

In previous posts I have described the use of heat to slump plexiglass over shapes. Here the slumping was done over a closed chain of oval links. I then applied repeated layers of black and white over the formed surface to get this heavily worked effect. Not surprisingly I have found that the complexity of the paint should be matched with a certain simplicity of design and the other way around.

This example below has a more involved underlying texture and I had to cut down on the paint patterns to get it to work.

slumped plastic akron P&R