Lately I’ve been working on new large pieces while simultaneously working on small three dimensional pieces. These small pieces inform the larger ones and are a surface that I can experiment on and try new techniques of paint application. This particular piece has gone through at least five, probably more, total transformations. It is difficult to photograph because the entire piece has a plastic like sheen to it since it’s covered in galkyd medium. The picture below is a detail shot.
I’m still in the process of constructing my canvas out of installation foam. I carved the foam and then used wood filler to smooth out the jagged edges and surfaces of the foam. I’m not in the process of sealing off the foam forms with gesso. This is a lot more labor intensive than I thought because each shape needs several coats of gesso and has to have an even coat. I’m encouraged by the result and am looking forward to adding additional dimensions when I paint over it with oils.
Right now I’m working on carving foam forms and adhering them to a canvas to create a 3d surface which I will then create geometric paintings on. Once I have attached the foam forms and sanded them down I’ll gesso over them and then paint over that. My inspiration for this piece is a building that my Abuelo (grandfather) and uncle designed. I know the building as our family lakehouse but it’s referred to as Casa Del Lago. By looking at his modern architecture I can come up with forms, break them down and warp the shapes. I like that the initial form that I begin to work with and manipulate has a close personal meaning to me.
Below is the link to their architecture firm’s website, which has images of the lake house on it. This piece is also considerably larger than my previous pieces (about 48×32) so it is more labor intensive but I’m finding that I’m more satisfied with the results thus far. I am working on carving smaller detailed shapes into the foam in the top right corner but only have the rough shape of the foam in the lower right corner.