Painting Space

I’ve been getting into the studio in Rimbey every week, just not as often as I’d like.   And in spite of that the paintings are progressing.

I’m working on four canvases right now, two small ones, one medium sized one and a very large one that I’m just starting.  I’m imagining space, worlds full of color and even planets that might also be stars.  The possibilities are endless.

Much of my inspiration comes from images that I find online, like the NASA Image Galleries page but the rest needs me to fill up the canvas with wonders that don’t really exist anywhere but in my imagination .  It should be easy.

Sometimes it’s not.  I get stuck on what I see in those amazing photographs, and part of me wants to reproduce them, but that’s not what I’m after.  So I’m working with the paint, building depth through layers of color, using contrast to let my planets glow and adding spatters of stars, comets and galaxies.

It’s building up those layers and textures that takes time though. My crackle medium took nearly two weeks to dry on one painting and often the clear, thicker layers of mediums take a day or more.  It will still be weeks before these paintings are finished, but here’s a visual progress report on the first three;

Just started this painting with a first layer of acrylic paint and some crackle medium.
Just started this painting with a first layer of acrylic paint and some crackle medium.
Just started this painting with a first layer of acrylic paint and some crackle medium.
Beginning here too.
Painting in progress
Painting in progress
Three or four layers of paint on these 'Planets' paintings so far. More to come.
Three or four layers of paint on these ‘Planets’ paintings so far. More to come.

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