I have been working on Shelby 5 again. I might be done for now. I am interested in surface effects and in how various accidents, fissures, cracks and blotches can be transformed in to an image. I am also sometimes interested in creating an image that might appear sculptural yet still have a life-like feeling about it.
Here on Shelby 5, I used silver and gold metallic acrylic fluid paint directly from the bottle or mixed with black. I added a bit of red green and purple patina-like color to parts of the face to possibly cause you to mistake it for a sculpture in your own mind.
I both brushed and poured the paint. I typically mix a metallic color with a very watered down black fluid acrylic and then I pour it on the canvas. Sometimes I let it run and sometimes I let it form a puddle.
I lay paper towels over the paint and soak it up. I do this at varying paint-drying stages to get different effects. I spray it with clear acrylic and then do it all over again. I might have ten layers of metallic paint layers before I am done. Over the years I have learned to get relatively predictable results. This painting, like most of my metallic painted canvases, changes dramatically with changes in lighting.
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