Just finished these small 5 x 5 inch and 3 x 5 inch deep cradle acrylic and ink paintings.
I chose colors that would really pop off the wall: bright blue, coral red, bright yellow, and green.
I used a little bit of a printmaking technique by making the impression of a
contrasting color using burlap.
So, I paired:
Yellow with green,
Green with yellow,
Coral with blue, and
Blue with coral.
Then, I used black India ink to paint the gears. I have been studying Kandinsky for some time and his preference for circles, squares, and triangles in his paintings has translated to me though mechanical gears and cogs. These cog-like shapes have the advantage of representing all of Kandinsky's prized shapes.
I also liked the unevenness of the ink application because it reminds me of the unevenness of grease.
As a last step, I sprayed all paintings with several applications of glossy permanent fixative.
I have no plans for these paintings. I am just building a portfolio and really getting a kick out of the "Joy of Painting," as Bob Ross often said!
Here are some previous steps below, so you can see the development of these paintings:
Starting with painting the brightly colored (acrylic) backgrounds, and
then I enjoyed getting messy with the burlap application.