Resisting …..

30 Apr





I’ve been carrying on with my attempt to get more randomness in my work, to be more expressionistic and less controlling. I spent a bit of time over the weekend priming (gesso) and undercoating (white acrylic) some pieces of MDF. Today I brushed one of the pieces with a loose mixture of Daler-Rowney Georgian black oil paint and linseed oil.


I greatly admire the German Expressionist artists, especially Käthe Kolliwtz and I’m envious of artist friends who seem able to sit and doodle and produce lovely drawings straight from their imaginations. So I tried not to control what I was doing, not to fall into the trap to try and make it realistic.


I worked into the black oil paint with rags, cotton buds (Q Tips), bubble wrap and scrunched-up tissue paper, resisting the temptation to do something representational. I rubbed away and removed the black paint, a reductive rather than additive method.




On the left, my work station and on the right, the loose oil paint brushed onto prepared MDF (Medium Density Fibreboard.



Two close ups showing some of the detail of the reductive paintwork.


12 Responses to “Resisting …..”

  1. elisvet10 May 2, 2018 at 19:38 #

    A very experimental thing to do.
    Truly like the turn-out images close to mark of memories perhaps who knows…
    Thanks for sharing it..

  2. Alli Farkas May 2, 2018 at 03:38 #

    Keep going! Yes, aimless is a challenge–but the uneasy character of it can pay off later.

    • Rosie Scribblah May 2, 2018 at 07:43 #

      Thanks Alli. It’s a weird process but I am getting germs of new ideas that I wouldn’t have thought of before

  3. alethakuschan May 1, 2018 at 15:50 #

    they’re beautiful

  4. anna warren portfolio May 1, 2018 at 08:51 #

    Wonderful! What a great result.

  5. jhv57 May 1, 2018 at 00:11 #

    That is amazingly gorgeous. I love doing reductive printing.
    Found this inspiring

  6. outsideauthority April 30, 2018 at 22:09 #

    It’s very beautiful. I’m enjoying this loosing control.

    • Rosie Scribblah May 1, 2018 at 04:22 #

      Thank you. I am wandering aimlessly, which is the point, but it makes me very uneasy.

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