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Coriolis I                    acrylic on canvas, 18 x 18 inches, (Scroll down for Coriolis 2)              Contact the artist

coriolisI

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Coriolis I was built up in layers, starting with a background painted in rough brushstrokes that established the helical symmetry. Swirled transparent liquid media created loose, spiraling smoke-like colored textures. Thicker transparent media, extruded trough a pastry bag, creates raised textured lines that reinforce the spiral. The raised lines also serve as liquid barriers for subsequent pours of tinted media with color swirled through it.

The construction of the painting is a set of playful experiments in the viscoelastic properties of acrylic gel and liquid media. These media dry transparent and can be tinted with transparent paint colors, rendered translucent with opaque and semi-opaque colors, swirled, extruded, and poured over one another in various stages of drying. A wide range of layered and intertwined transparent patterns can be generated, with an incredible depth of color.

Gel medium was extruded through fine round, fancy ruffled and multi hole nozzles using a pastry bag. The medium was lightly tinted. When extruded it forms shining light manipulating ribbons and nests of “acrylic vermicelli”, which can be obscured by a tinted clear film layer or piled up to create crazy clear gelid textures on the canvas.


 

Coriolis 2

Acrylic on canvas, 2013,  12 h x 12 w inches on 0.75 inch supports                           Contact the artist

coriolis 2

Coriolis 2 is an approach to the same spiraling coriolis like pattern as in Coriolis 1.  In Coriolis 2 cooler blues and violets were used. Liquid acrylic media were used to create layers of transparent and translucent swirled color.  Coriolis 2 relies  on the interaction of different densities of liquid acrylic media which create tortuous  softly raised patterns as they dry.  Clear tar gel  and liquid polymer gloss medium (Golden) were used.   The liquids were poured in concentric patterns, contacting one another and infrequently overlapping in the liquid state.  As the layer of liquid media dried, there was some limited interdiffusion of the tar gel and polymer liquid medium.  Tar gel is dense and experiences only moderate film shrinkage on drying.  Liquid polymer gloss medium is less dense and shrinks severely on drying, often developing fissures when used as a thick film.  By contacting the two media, different levels of shrinkage in the final film create an organic undulating effect on the surface that complements the swirling patterns of the coriolis.  A top painted and blended layer was applied after the media had dried on the previous layer.   The top painted layer emphasizes the form of the coriolis swirl and brings out some of the undulating topography from the layers underneath.  It also mutes areas of very high gloss, creating a swirl pattern of varying reflectivity on the paintings’ surface.

16 Responses

  1. Susan Medyn
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    Love the luscious use of paint.

    • nerdlypainter
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      Thanks Susan,
      I’ve been experimenting with the different acrylic media – lots of fun options. If you ever want to get together and trade tips, I’m also in Arlington.

  2. Susan Medyn
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    Love the luscious use of paint.

    • nerdlypainter
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      Thanks Susan,
      I’ve been experimenting with the different acrylic media – lots of fun options. If you ever want to get together and trade tips, I’m also in Arlington.

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