'Treats' Acrylic on wood assemblage ©robinrkent

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Folk Art Diary: The Texture Behind The Paint

This is the third Folk Art Diary post on 'Robin's Elements of Art'

I like what texture does. It gives both a tactile and visual thrill. The tactile sense is a side benefit while creating the visual. Most classical painters enjoy the 'bouncy give' between brush and canvas. Feeling brush vibrations while scumbling (scrubbing for you folk art types) as I paint over rough cut planks is an additional sensation. Sometimes the process emits a sound if a really rough board (think jug band washboard effect). 
'Tumble Home'      Acrylic on Rough Wood          ©robin r kent
The visual effect on a layered surface is somewhat harder to  control. And a good thing it is. Especially when allowing an under-painted color to show through, blending and altering the top layer. Pretty amazing stuff, even for the painter. The  more you try this, of course, the more control over the outcome.
Pastel artists, when painting on sandpaper, use the tactile/texture theory in smaller scale (manicure multitasking?). Graffiti artists, I imagine, must love seeing a stucco building.


Carole said...

Hi Robin, what can I say other than I love this painting too! Very cool how you painted your water in rectangles!
The bounce of the canvas drives me nuts....give me wood to work on any day!

MimiTabby said...

graffitti artists must love it when they see a blank wall anywhere!

sometimes I paint on really rough paper and love the effect. sadly, texture is hard to see on a computer monitor.

Mimi Torchia Boothby Watercolors

ps the comment moderation tests are getting harder and harder!!!!

Robin Kent said...

I think I disabled the moderation tests. Or at least I tried. Hopefully you won't have to do that eye test anymore...