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Floral Fireworks

Floral Fireworks

Piece description from the artist

Floral Fireworks is a mixed media flower painting that relies heavily on the properties of acrylic and paper fiber composite to create flow, texture, and pattern. The substrate for the flower painting is a novel paper-based material called “Artboard”, which combines the absorbent surface, texture and feel of paper with the chemical resistance, stiffness, and durability of an epoxy composite. It can take paint without priming, and fluid paint and ink absorb into the surface with only moderate spreading (which can be controlled by varying the amount of liquid). When a fluid color soaks into the surface it creates an intense, softly textured wash effect. Wash effects and cotrolled color bleeding, washing, and blending create the perfect backdrop for a soft contemporary flower painting like “Floral Fireworks”. Acrylic paint is a very versatile medium. A single acrylic color can be combined with a variety of acrylic painting media to change it’s properties from opaque to transparent, sculptural to highly fluid, smooth and glossy to a range of textured finishes. “Floral Fireworks” is a flower painting that takes some of the best ideas from similar floral landscapes I had done in oils. The versatility of acrylic paint extends the ideas from the earlier oil paintings and adds a few new techniques and textures. The overall effect is much more contemporary, fluid, and dynamic.

Materials used:
Artboard (paper epoxy compostie), acrylic paint, shellac ink, india ink, acrylic ink, fiber paste