painting canvases black, or near-black , has been at the heart of my desire to make lines ‘out-of-paint’, i.e. in-between paint, from drawings. The immediacy and out-of-time quality of drawing, although it depends on memory (both mine and yours) attempts to cross the divide between pencil and paint.
So far so present, and yet ….
Driving yesterday, thinking about chiaroscuro and a lovely maybe-Rembrandt in the vaults of the National Gallery, below
it was evident that tone might be as a good a place to start as line. I’ve often opined casually that so many paintings depend on tonal clarity to be readable at all. Perhaps if I can sort out the tone, starting from a black ground, using the same essential approach as I have been using while pinching lines in white paint, then painting colour freshly and vigorously over dried black and white paint (I’ve been here before, below, tho’ the monoprint is black over colour):
might yield a reward of brushwork and printmakerly nous ….. first early days:
must keep going ….