Paint Lab – Week 4 – Squeegee

Rebecca Hamilton Stockdill, Study in Warm Tones, 2016

Rebecca Hamilton Stockdill, Study in Warm Tones, 2016

Kim and I both agree, this was our favorite lesson so far.  The object of this week’s lesson was to use a squeegee, rather than a brush, to create an abstract painting with layers of colors. The entire process was so much fun and satisfying, I’m looking forward to trying more of these!  The lesson was inspired by the art of Gerhard Richter who uses a squeegee to create large-scale abstract paintings.

Richter, Gerhard, Tableau Abstait, 1992, Retrieved from: http://newsoftheartworld.com/gerhard-richter-abstract-art-that-flirts-with-figuration/?lang=en

How did we do it?  For this exercise, we went big — I used a 24″ x 36″ canvas.  I began by priming the canvas with brown and red paint.  After the base layer dried, I squeezed paint directly onto the canvas and used a print-making squeegee to move it around in large swathes for a geometric look.  After two colors, I let the paint dry completely, and then repeated the squeegee process a couple more times to create the intermingling layers.  I liked the large one so much, I made a smaller one in shades of blue, purple, and silver.

Rebecca Hamilton Stockdill, Study in Cool Colors, 2016

Rebecca Hamilton Stockdill, Study in Cool Colors, 2016

 

Kim used a full range of bright and primary colors for her piece which gives a very dynamic effect.

Kim Sammartino, Multi-Colored Study, 2016

Kim Sammartino, Multi-Colored Study, 2016

 

Here is a close up of the Study in Warm Colors painting so you can actually see the swipes of the squeegee.

Close Up of Squeegee Painting

Close Up of Squeegee Painting

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