Painting 101: Creating a distressed background — part two

The evening had been spent studying all three canvases when I decided to see how many different words I could come up with to describe not only the creative process but also the visual interpretation of creating a distressed surface that would be part of an intended painting. By the time I seemed to have exhausted all my possibilities, I noticed a number of words conveyed an element of rationalizing the intellectual elements of such a painting, including a handful reflecting my own mythology.

Untitled — in progress
Newsprint on canvas, 20 x 20” (50.80 x 50.80 cm)
Stage 2, layer four-five of newsprint before sanding

The words are in the order as I wrote them down on a piece of paper and though a few may seem redundant or have too much similarity with another word or phrase, each line represents an idea, a thought and as such should not be dismissed.

    Textural environment
    Recasting found ephemeral
    Timeless iconic treasures
    Time weathered environment
    Recycling- reinventing reality
    Exposed to natural elements
    Deconstructive- reassembled
    Dynamic syntax
    Emotionally driven on a visual and intellectual level
    Ambiguous metaphors
    Juxtapositions is instinctual
    A conversation with memory
    Fertile landscape
    Reexamining fundamental social mythology
    Organic qualities
    Social and environmental consciousness
    Cultural heritage
    Day-to-day observations
    Obliterate subtle chances
    Ornate tapestry
    Topography of landscape
    Multitude of experiences
    Influential encounters
    Pilfered assemblage
    Intuitive limitations
    Collaboration of materials
    Story telling
    Found objects
    Esoteric assemblage
    Artistic carnage
    Worn, tattered debris

Untitled — in progress
Newsprint on canvas, 16 x 16” (40.64 x 40.64 cm)
Stage 2, layer four of newsprint before sanding

My two favorites from the list are ‘pilfered assemblage’ and ‘artistic carnage’; the first describes the general collection process like removing bits and pieces from telephone poles in Berkeley for when I created ‘Orderly Confusion’ to ‘Pangaea’, material gathered from billboards and eight foot walls around a construction site in San Francisco after a rain, while ‘artistic carnage’ reflects the destructive and assemblage nature of this style of art. The word symbiosis cannot be defined as having absolute meaning simple because each painting or artwork that makes use of the destructive and assemblage defines its own meaning of symbiosis.

Untitled — in progress
Newsprint on canvas, 12 x 12” (30.48 x 30.48 cm)
Stage 2, layers four-five of newsprint before sanding

Some of the other words like ‘tapestry’ reflect the process weaving of the various pieces of material into a ‘topographical landscape’ that is based upon a ‘multitude of experiences’ and these ‘influential encounters’ are entrusted into the hands of the artist. Who like the ‘alchemist’ of the Middle Ages performs ‘cross-pollination’ in the hope of achieving ‘believability’ while understanding his own ‘intuitive limitations’.

It is a ‘journey’ through a ‘fertile landscape’ of the ‘vernacular’ that continues to undergo a ’random’ ‘evolution’; ‘recycling- reinventing reality’ with each new work of art. In the end, it is ‘manipulating our ‘cultural heritage’ by ‘reexamining [the] fundamental social mythology’ until a new ‘dynamic syntax’ becomes the new ‘authenticity’.

In part three we will see stage two having been distressed and I will detail further my thoughts on each canvas and what I might be planning next, as I carefully thread forward exploring my own potential and overcoming doubt by chipping away at the limitations of fear that I have imposed upon myself.


Mastaneh Nazarian said...

Your blog is very inspiring, I love the list of thoughts.

Trudi Sissons said...

Bravo - I am both humbled and inspired by this list. Again - I see all of the choices your mind considers.... what will you choose today?

yvonne said...

Oh my how this list makes my mind think and think. Love the distressed look. Your blog is very interesting and as I said I will explore more.

magpie said...

wonderfully evocative list!