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Sunday, April 22, 2012

Spray Paint Art #17

Painting by B.C. Matthews. Spray paint on poster board.



I first came upon spray paint art at a local apple festival. There was this older fellow slinging his cans about and creating awesome, beautiful, shiny art. I thought it was fantastic, showy...and hell, maybe if I found out how, I could do it too. I've dabbled on and off with acrylics and watercolors, with charcoal drawing, and line drawing.

But nothing gets your blood pumping and mind racing like spray painting.

One of the reasons I love spray paint art so much is because it forces you to make snap decisions, to wing it, to go with what happened, to quickly figure out how to turn a mistake into an asset. With acrylics and watercolors, there is a lot of dry time, and quite frankly, sometimes it's not fast enough for me. It's not immediate. Spray art is as close to free writing as I've ever come in the visual arts, because spray paint dries fast. You're forced to hurry, to think on your feet, even to try new techniques on the fly. Sometimes they work. Sometimes they don't.

The other reason I like it so much is that you get creative with the canvas and your tools. Anything remotely shiny or slick can become your canvas. I've painted on poster board, old plastic signs, scraps of wood, photo paper...Likewise your tools are as creative as you make them. 99% of your materials are scrap. I collect old newspapers, old phone books, and sponges, plastic plates and foam brushes from the dollar store, and old lids from food jars. I use them all.

While it is difficult to do finer detail with spray paint, it isn't impossible. You're only limited by your imagination.

I plan on doing a series of abstract pieces, drip paintings, and figure paintings in addition to the old space scenes.

Stay tuned kids.

1 Comments:

At April 24, 2012 at 6:45 PM , Blogger Carmen said...

Awesometastic!

 

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