|Helen Frankenthaler and her work|
- Helen Frankenthaler
As I work on unlocking my own creative spirit I feel drawn towards non-objective, color field painting. This means I don't feel like painting anything in particular. I just want to put colors on the surface and let them flow. This method of painting was made famous in the 1950's by an artist named Helen Frankenthaler.
This abstract expressionist technique is one that offers you, as the artist, the opportunity to enjoy spontaneity. It allows you to pour, mix, spray and experience colors as they mix themselves. Your job is to add more paint, blot out areas, spray with water, tilt for the gravitational pull and enjoy the process.
Supplies: unprimed canvas, stretcher frame (optional), acrylic paint, cups, spray bottle, paper towels and brushes.
1. I stapled my canvas to a 16x16 stretcher frame but could have left it unstretched. Since I was practicing this technique I tried it both ways.
2. I mixed acrylic paint with water to the consistency of cream.
3. I spray the canvas with clear water.
4. Then I began by pouring my lightest color first.
5. I sprayed more water to move the paint around. I also tilted the canvas to help the paint flow.
6. I added more colors pouring, spraying, blotting and tilting.
|Originally I thought this would|
be the finished orientation. But
I changed my mind after
I propped it and sprayed again.
8. I was close to declaring it done so I propped the canvas up and sprayed one last time. I then left it alone to dry.
stretcher and and trimmed it up. I'm not sure how I'll mat, frame or otherwise
display it. For now I'll just enjoy the fields of color.
|Free Flow 12 x 16|
Acrylic on canvas