Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Sketch for D.H.D.
Today I started making a sketch, rather an involved one, for a painting. I think the actual piece may need to be done with encaustic (melted wax mixed with pigment) instead of oil or acrylic paint, but we'll see. When I was a child I liked to color a piece of paper thickly with bright crayons, then cover that layer with an even thicker layer of black - THEN I would scratch through the black layer with something sharp to expose the colors underneath. The drawing would appear lke a reverse etching, colored lines on a black background. It seems to me that there might be a correspondence in such a method to the layers of time, what is hidden and revealed by graving into matter.
Here are two images of the sketch. Because the layers respond to the direction of light, a single pic hides as much as it reveals.
This may (finally) be the project where I work with gold leaf. The gold in this sketch is mica flake in acrylic.
The image is composed of with a cluster of things connected with my grandfather, Daniel Hoskins Dutton - the ancient white oak, the number seven, diagrams from a carpentry manual, the gilded decorations in the album he gave to my grandmother for xmas in 1896.