Creating surface texture and tension in abstract painting

Over the past two weeks I've been working hard in the studio working on different materials. If you follow this blog you will know that I'm an avid fan of mixed media and so its no surprise that I've been playing about with what I'm painting on rather than just what I'm painting with.

Currently I'm working on materials such as a thick 420gsm watercolour paper, to large cartridge paper, mdf wood panels (unprimed), canvas and even plastic. To work on paper and canvas is my usual norm, but as an abstract landscape painter its important to me to try new things that are a part of or a result of our inhabiting the landscape. Hence the mdf and plastic.

MDF... well its not a forgiving surface to work on. The paint actively soaks into the wood meaning there is no room for blending or removal of the paint once its on there. However the texture it gives is amazing. I applied a wood filler to these works which provided more of a 3d surface so the contrast between a smoother surface and the unprimed textured surface provided an exciting, if challenging, medium to work on.

"Wake up to a tropic sunrise"
Plastic... a new technique of mine is to paint on the surface, mix colours, scratch in gently moving the paint around, splatter and complement in order for an eclectic image to appear once dry. There's no reworking. Once the paint is on its up to you to decide what its relationship is next to its ajoining partner. And there's no point in adding to the top of it once its dry if you want to use the ultra smooth and shiny surface it produces. This is a different method yet results in an exciting, alternative surface texture. It could also be used for collaging into paintings... so yet another interesting combination.
My studio

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