This painting commission was slow in coming around but I think in the end the final touches came together at exactly the right moment for many reasons. I hope you enjoy taking a peek at the process here. I titled this 16″ x 20″ painting ‘A New Dawn’ it’s a spin off inspired from a previous painting I did called ‘New Light Study‘.
Impasto is the technique of applying paint very thickly to your painting, I find with acrylics you need to use a moulding paste for this to work well. With these two small pieces I randomly applied the moulding paste first with a palette knife, once the paste was dry I gessoed over the paste, let that dry and then began to paint. I had no plans for either canvas, the challenge was to just find my image in the thick palette strokes of paste. It was an interesting experiment and kinda fun to watch what evolved out of those shapes.
The past year presented a great deal of trials for me in terms of health. And through these struggles my husband has cared for me with patience, kindness and devotion. Even in my worst and most inglorious moments he held true and constant.
While I was in the hospital last summer I did the small sketch pictured above. It was a celebration of marriage as an institution. Two really are better than one…
Instead of titling the final piece ‘Marriage’ I titled it, ‘The Romance’. I feel like romance, as a word, has been a little misused in our culture… It conjures up young new love, or an affair, or valentine’s day, or chocolate and roses… But the word romance deserves more meaning than that. I think real romance is being present, completely committed and devoted to another long term.
I photographed the process of painting this piece (pictured below) – I hope you enjoy!