Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Turn to stone

Turn to Stone (15x15x5cm)
Men already made rock paintings thousands of years ago. Nothing new about that. I like to use stones as 'canvas' for my paintings. The rough structure leads and spreads the wet paint into many directions. Sometimes unwanted. Sometimes surprisingly nice. Adding more water and sand helps to get the paint where I want it. However, most of the time my attempts to control the flood of paint are challenging and close to impossible. The most tricky part is the process of drying. It takes time for the sand to dry. Precious time in which you are impatiently waiting to go on. But you can't, because you must let the material do its own job. The final result is often only visible after a good night's rest. By then the paint may have turned much paler than expected. Or dripped into a direction you did not expect it to go. Oh well, it's all part of the fun. Once the first layer has dried you can move on and on an on. You can make endless changes and additions until you've got it right. Doesn't every little boy like to play with water and sand?
Turn to Stone, the entire rock; showing the rough plaster and paint.
Sign of the Times (15x15x5cm)
While putting some more sand and acrylics upon stones I was soflty whistling an old song. "Turn to stone" from ELO. The Electric Light Orchestra. Must confess I didnt know the exact words after so many years, but hey, that's when the internet comes in handy! 

The diving embers of the night 
(A fire slowly fades till dawn) 
Still glow upon the wall so bright

Stone Age (15x15x5cm)

So, I have named this series of five finished artworks 'Turn to Stone'. They are all handmade, unique, one of a kind artworks created with sand and acrylics upon a flat stone. Finished with glossy varnish to add some nice sparkles.
Written in the Book (15x15x5cm)

The piece titled 'In his secret heart', will be used as basis for a bookcover (Vinyed 216.03) to be published June 5. Check out all artprints in my printshop.
In his secret heart (15x15x5cm)