Last summer, I taught some private painting lessons for young adults. One of the skills I demonstrated was impasto, which is a technique that uses larger amounts of paint to create texture with its thickness. Van Gogh often used this technique.
These are a some acrylic experiment paintings I used to show examples of impasto to my students:
Geryon, inspired by Anne Carson’s story Autobiography of Red. Created with palette knife and brush.
Noontide. Memory landscape finger-painting.
Bunny Fantasia, created using a palette knife and brush.
This landscape was painted from memory with acrylic paint. My professor had challenged us to abstain from using paintbrushes, so I used my fingers and a palette knife.
Afterlight: a photo editing app for 99 cents. It’s great, it’s cheap, it helps you cheat by taking crappy digital photos and filtering the heck out of them so they can have an instant film quality. It is now my new favorite instant-gratification process because I don’t have the cash for real cameras yet and I have developed a crush on film photography. I’m pretty sure I used it for three days straight this week. Yeah, it kind of made my vision a little weird from staring at a small screen for so long, but, hey, I “developed” some prints I think I’m excited about.
Anberlin at The Observatory, 2013
Visual Alphabet part 2! So much fun. Hope y’all enjoy :)
(Unicorns are REAL)