In Search of Transparency: Watching Paint Dry

February 6th, 2013

Last weekend I did a demonstration at the Copley Society’s Co/So Gallery at 158 Newbury Street in Boston. It was  fun.Copley Society painting demo

I’ve been spending a lot of time working on the layered glazes that  I use for backgrounds, so the demo I gave was about creating and pouring glazes. My goal is to create a unique sense of intensity within the surface of the image. As if the canvas itself has a transparent depth.

Poured glazes

Watching paint dry at the Copley Society of Art

It’s probably not exactly the best thing to demonstrate since you have to spend a lot of time watching paint dry.


For me though, it’s fascinating. I pay very close attention to the layers as they are settling so that I can spatter and alter them thinking of composition and energy. Watching paint dry can’t be very exciting for most people, though it is for me. I did bring along many examples of work in various stages. I also brought different acrylic mediums; opaque and transparent crackles, gloss, mat, thick, thin… from Golden Paints. The variety of carefully calibrated mediums creates the opportunity to control the spontaneity of the poured colors.
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I also use metallic oxide powders in several colors.
If you’d like to see more images Co/So has a Facebook page with a lot of images of the presentation. It’s a great gallery with an excellent location. Go to Boston and take a look for yourself!


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