Lizzies Blog

Mapping the visual world through a nebulous lens. Varying degrees of tangibility and culpability.

Almost Home

Compared to the last few pieces, this new work has noticeably less texture in the form of build up. More in line with my dream painting Lizzies Dream, this piece "Almost Home" has two underlying layers of textured color in shades of blue. Blue has been a theme with me lately but I feel that things are getting ready to change. I decided to paint over some old canvas with the leftover blue and find that it is just not working out.. Best to just chuck the extra paint and start fresh. I never do well when I plan things ahead or decide ahead of time what a painting will end up as. In the old days with my constructed works, everything was planned down to the last detail. I am trying to stay away from that. Falling back into old habits seems to happen easily..

Almost Home 24x24 Acrylic on canvas: Liz Zorn 2014

Almost Home 24x24 Acrylic on canvas: Liz Zorn 2014

The piece on the easel right now is larger 40x30.. About as large as I can go in this space where I work. It has several layers of texture which requires at some point my complete attention to go to the next level, which is to cover it in paint (or wet it down) and start scraping down the layers.  This is where the actual composition starts to take shape. All of the layering at this point is really just subject to my mood. Where I choose to scrape the paint, the underlying colors I decide to reveal, the ones left hidden, all add to the finished painting. Much of it is spontaneous and happens very quickly. Probably a good thing as it keeps me from over thinking it and having to start over... Painting this way is very liberating, nothing is ever set... It can go very right, or very wrong in a matter of minutes, seconds even...