For me it's always been about texture and patina. Those are the things I'm attracted to. Developing texture by layering is my technique. I'm not a technical painter, but obviously this is a technique to achieve that aesthetic that I'm so attracted to. The layers are started of course with just the cleaning of my tools and then when I start the real work, I add more. Thin layers, thick layers, partial layers, collage layers, wrong layers, right layers, - many artists do the same, it's not rocket science for sure. During this process I scrape (sometimes wet, sometimes the paint is set) back some of what I just laid on. This scraping back can be anywhere from tiny bits to a whole clean slate - nothing precise, just working on reading what lays beneath. With the cold wax medium, I now layer that as part of the process - the patina is created during the scraping back - as I was working on the painting below yesterday, I realized that I was reading what I found under the layers. Because I can't remember what has been laid down under the new paint, I'm always surprised at what I find. It's like a treasure hunt, digging through the layers and trying to read what those fragments are saying to me. This is what I've learned this week.
oil and wax on panel, 16x20, 'Sometimes In Her Sleep'
It's already the weekend, have a good one. I'll be back here next week!