Drippy drops make up the third stage of my process. Once my awesome surfaces are dry I choose several spice bottles in which to combine stronger grays.
Drops are runny grays
Three of my favorite mixes are dioxazine purple DP and phthalocyanine green (yellow shade) PGY, phthalocyanine blue (red shade) PBR and quinacridone burnt orange QBO, and phthalocyanine green (blue shade) PGB and QBO. The mix must flow. And well aware of the danger of adding too much water (it causes the acrylic binder to break down), I choose liquid media to enhance the drippiness.
Proportions of liquid must be right
The proportions are approximately forty percent liquid gloss medium with forty percent GAC 100, ten percent water and two gobs, one of each complementary colour. For more variety, I choose two more spice bottles with the same mix only I slant the combination to one colour or the other. For example, in the middle mix there would be equal proportions of DP and PGY producing the truest gray for this mixture. The next bottle would still fall into the gray category with a purple slant while the other would have a greener look. In the end, I have three bottles of the same two colours in different proportions.
Where to throw the paint
Before I proceed to throwing paint, I choose a photograph and do a quick notan study to determine where I would like my darkest darks.
Flinging drops is far from an exact science
Now for the fun part! I enjoy accidents. I find there are more happy accidents when I use more than one gray so I arrange three sets of bottles with their separate brushes (nine in all) within easy access. Larger canvases prove more difficult as I run out of table space. Next, I select a brush and begin to fling paint at the surface, carefully aiming (without a lot of accuracy) at the areas I have chosen to be darker than the rest.
Once I have thrown sufficient paint at the panel I pick up my spray bottle and begin turning the canvas as I spray. The gobs of paint become drips and the drops turn into branches twisting into a mayhem of twigs and stems. Judging whether I have thrown enough paint, I may redo this step again. Perhaps a third time will be necessary after it has dried.
Reducing the damage
Placing the canvas on the table I wait for the paint to form puddles. There are certain areas where I do not wish the paint to collect, in particular along the edges. Using a piece of paper towel, tissue or toilet paper I remove the excess water before it creates a visual problem.
Judging when to stop
Using the mirror above the table I get a distant look at the vague value shapes and decide to let it dry. Occasionally I return to check on edges and puddling in the wrong places. Once dry I place them at the end of the room to determine whether another throwing session is in order.
Next: finding the shapes.
Hope everyone is enjoying this delightful summer. Until next week, abundant blessings.