a31 and a32 (in progress)

Experimenting with acrylic on canvas.

Left: David Somers, a31, 2017, acrylic on canvas, 40 cm × 40 cm. Right: detail.
Left: David Somers, a32, 2017, acrylic on canvas, 40 cm × 40 cm. Right: detail

I made two pieces which are essentially overlapping color fields. Working in acrylic means I have to be fast, and the intersection of the fields was done wet-on-wet so the pigments mix in situ. For a31 the canvas was primed with an additional layer of gray over white gesso. This wasn’t done to a32. As the acrylics I’m using are translucent this results in a subtle shift in tone to a31, an evocation that is different to a32.

Trying to photograph these is difficult. In real life they are more: the third space simultaneously more subtle and yet somehow more profound.

I don’t think these are quite finished yet. I will let them sit for a day or seven and come back and evaluate.

But its nice to be working and getup hands dirty with acrylic instead of sore from pushing pixels around the computer.

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