I’m writing this after just coming in from a tromp around the headlands as the sun went down, accompanied by a perfect blanket of fog and mist.
On clear days, there is a constant stream of sunset revelers past my studio doors, straight down Little Lake Street to the headlands. This is a great place to watch the show, with a clear view and a complement of waves thundering against the bluffs below your feet.
Did I say that it’s right down the street from my house? Yup.
I have come to prefer the misty, almost eerie sunsets, at least here at the bluffs. And it’s not just that there are less people about, although that’s part of it. It’s gentler, not blindingly bright, and full of surprise sunrays peeking through and about the clouds and washing them with swaths of color and metallic golds and coppers playing about the fog belt, the clouds…
As I write this, my nose and feet are just about thawed, and after I close this, I’m heading back downstairs to the studio to mix up pouring medium and this new palette of pigments I’ve been experimenting with. I’ve been mixing and pouring color swatches on mylar since I got back after the extended family holiday, trying for a more Mendocino Northern Pacific Ocean feel while still retaining a lot of the transparency that I love.
I think I’m close enough to just go try it out. 21sheets so far. 54 color combinations.
Is that getting obsessive?
January 21, 2018 at 9:38 pm
HI! I’m a fellow pouring artist and I saw you on the Mendocino Art Center website where I’ve taken workshops on/off for years. I’d post a photo of a painting but I don’t see that it will let me! I love your work. Your writing about the process is helpful too. Bravo for being the resident artist there! Always been a dream of mine. I’m using Liquitex PM but wondering if it will retain that luminosity I love if I add anything else to it? Have you experimented?
Thanks and Happy Painting in Mendocino!!
January 21, 2018 at 10:29 pm
Hi Chris – Thanks for the compliment! It’s been intense and awesome to be here.
I love the medium and yes, I’ve experimented. It depends on what you are adding – and did you read the blog about arguments amongst pour painters? I feel pretty strongly about not using anything that might cause it to yellow or delaminate (peel, pretty much), but that’s really in my own work. I just don’t want unhappy collectors. That said, though, there are a lot of people out there playing with some fun additives, if you aren’t looking to sell at higher prices. Check out the Facebook page, Hooked on Liquitex Pouring Medium. I started it for students, but this year it went wacko with lots of people signing on and doing pours with silicon, etc.