Friday, March 11, 2011

Trial and error can lead to something special

I've read somewhere that creativity is about making mistakes, while art is about knowing which ones to keep...or something like that. I'm paraphrasing a quote someone tweeted. I think I got it seems right, based on my experiences.

Back to the point of this post: trial and error.

I've wanted to experiment with using acrylic transfers for a while now. There are all sorts of ways to transfer a photocopy of an image to an acrylic painting using gel mediums, but the steps are basically the same: apply medium to photocopy and let dry, soak the copy in water, rub until paper begins to fall away, image should be embedded in acrylic and can be added to the painting using more of the medium.

Or something like that.

In my case, though, the gloss gel medium I have isn't quite as transparent as I'd like, so my results were...less than desirable. In the spirit of the ART FIX In-House Residency Challenge, I want to use what I have.

I'm sure I'll try again later.

I originally began this painting months ago. It was to be a companion piece to "I Fly (Return to A Dream)" but quickly went its own way...and then stopped. I'd work on it a bit here and there, never quite feeling that it was at a place where it could be considered 'complete'.

Now, it is.

I think I'll call it "Climb".

12" round
acrylic on canvas


  1. OMG! I love this!

  2. Love this. I've done something similar but did not get those results. It's amazing!

  3. @Kali Thanks! xD

    The acrylic transfer thing didn't least, not this time. I'm sure I'll try again eventually.