I am sometimes inspired to explore and experiment with paint handling techniques. I liken it to choosing to drive home by a new route and learning something new about the community I live in, maybe I get to see some beautiful gardens, or learn about a park, or even realize that this new route is better than the way I have always gone before.
For this painting, I decided to try working on a gessoed masonite panel, which has a slippery smooth surface versus the rough “toothy” linen surface I typically favor. Working on this smooth surface was much like trying to spread whipped butter across a glass plate, a challenge but a fun experience because I was able to accomplish a juicy lush paint finish that is not possible when working on linen. So I think trying this again will be a good idea to see how far I can push this technique.
Do you ever mix it up? I hope this inspires you to try something new. Sometimes a change brings about some wonderful results…