Faces From The Dark

26 Jul

faces

I have some lovely vintage papers and I’m trying out different ways of using them. I used a silkscreen squeegee to randomly coat a few sheets with acrylic paint, firstly in black and when that was dry, overlaid with a translucent bronze. Then I sat and looked at a sheet with a piece of willow charcoal in my hand. I had no idea what to do, I sketched a few lines, rubbed them out with a wetwipe (the acrylic surface wipes clean) and then lightly sketched some ellipses. I picked up a piece of chalk and then the faces began to emerge out of the dark without my bidding.

I don’t normally work from my imagination, usually directly from life, from my sketchbooks and occasionally from photographs, so it’s interesting what emerges without any references. The preparation of the paper and the method of random drawing without a stimulus is a bit like some of the techniques of automatic drawing used by Surrealists to develop their creativity. The painter, Gerhard Richter, also used a squeegee extensively in his work, to apply paint. I like using the squeegee, it’s so random.

6 Responses to “Faces From The Dark”

  1. SBosque July 27, 2015 at 20:00 #

    Rosie. This is really, really, powerful.

    • Rosie Scribblah July 27, 2015 at 20:11 #

      Thank you Sherry. It was a very strange experience doing it.

  2. mrsdaffodil July 27, 2015 at 04:54 #

    Wow! Good stuff.

  3. R.K. July 26, 2015 at 22:32 #

    Great work!

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