I frosted two canvases last Saturday at a MCA workshop, "Seeing the Forest for the Trees", http://www.paintingpersonalandpowerful.com/2010/08/blog-post.html
held at the Arnold Arboretum http://arboretum.harvard.edu/visit/ . Wielding a palette knife, similar to a trowel used in masonry, I thickly layered my canvases. In the eight years of plein air painting, I have never applied so much paint to a single 12X16 panel. At times after squeezing another long tootsie roll of paint to recharge my palette, I would calculate the cost per paint tube. For example, a 200ml tube of Cobalt Blue cost around $58.00.
But heck, I was there for a new painting experience...so I smeared 4 colors (phthalo green, Alizarin Crimson, cobalt blue and cadmium yellow) into slippery striations, swirling mark making, palette knife daubs here and there; buttery, at times unbeaten. Soon, I began to smell the essence of color: mossy forest floor green, Sunkist orange, melty dark chocolate.
For the other canvas, I scraped up two complementary pigments, cadmium orange and French-ultramarine blue and mixed them together with dollops of titanium white yielding the color of mushrooms: cremini, oyster, porchini, shiitaki, Chanterelles.
Ooo la, la- a juicy sensuality and physicality spread across the surface.
This freshly applied paint was my new seducer.