This is a painting made in my studio on textured polypropylene using watercolor, alcohol ink, and acrylic paint. I start out with a 60" wide roll of textured polypropylene, and I roll it out onto my work table and cut off a section. I tape down the edges to keep it from rolling back up and then I get to work.
This painting started with a quick watercolor underpainting in cadmium yellows, pthalo blues, teals, and bright magenta. On top of this of dripped alcohol inks in various bright colors, which have a way of pushing the watercolors aside as they penetrate into the surface of the polypropylene. I let this dry for a little while, occasionally pushing things around with a silicone wedge.
As the underpainting was drying, I mixed up some acrylic pouring medium with black, white, and pearlescent high flow acrylic sort of gently swirled in. This was then poured on top on the watercolor and alcohol ink and pushed around with the silicone wedge. I let the acrylic dry a bit and then pushed it around some more, leaving the outline of previous formations. This composition had a total of four pours, two predominately dark and two light. I dripped black and silver high flow acrylic into areas of the wet medium in a sort of banded pattern in the lower right area. I finished with small drops of carefully placed alcohol ink in magenta, orange, and teal into which I squeezed little dabs of white fluid acrylic, resulting in very bright little pops of color, as well as the three larger yellow spots which are made up of white acrylic with yellow alcohol ink dripped into it.
I created this painting on a 60" x 58" sheet of textured polypropylene. It is to be stretched on a gallery depth frame which will trim two inches from each side for final dimensions of 56 x 54". The image shown takes this into account and is representative of what the finished, stretched painting will look like. It will ship stretched over a frame like a stretched canvas painting. It will be shipped ready to hang.
The second image shows the edge of the painting to illustrate how the painting is wrapped around its frame. The composition runs over the edge in places. The surface material is stapled to the wooden frame in the back, with no staples showing.
This is a fun painting with a lot of good energy in it. Made in Boston in January of 2016, it is a nice respite from the cold dark winter outside. It is signed on the front "Blake 02016".
Textured Polypropylene substrate, high flow acrylic, fluid acrylic, watercolor, alcohol ink, acrylic pouring medium