Johann Wessels
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messy play

Posted: Feb 03, 2011

messy play

Wonderful to be working. Alfred Brendel is playing the piano and the paint is behaving well.

Its fun to work on a variety of pieces at the same time... while paint dries on the one, you can work on another and the challenges keep changing. Right now I have 4 or 5 pieces all in process and even though the end of every day doesn't have one finished work, the progress on each makes up for it. Lady Sandra sashays down the winding staircase to my studio and offers her thoughts and wise opinions on my work.

I have been getting some nice aged effects in some of the works. This is something I learned while working in film (hmmm motion picture industry sounds more important and pretentious) and its never something you can be completely sure of since so many factors affect how paint will react. Nonetheless this time around it has done well and I am happy with the results.

The photo is of a detail of a larger piece and I wanted the word "ineffable" to look like a jolly magazine type heading, yet old and crackled and faded. Its all about playing off glowing smooth surfaces and finishes against seemingly old and worn parts.