Neptune’s Element by Rachel McCullock
This painting explores and celebrates the vibrant colours and turbulent movement of the ocean. Innovative use of mixed media and much layering of pigments and washes are used to create magical maritime colours and shapes. Looking through the waves one sees the troubled waters moving into a smooth calming harmonious sequence of the elements.
The creative process is lengthy and is a calming and engaging procedure. I begin by painting an oil base layer on the canvas followed by spray paint and various immiscible liquid paints. These cause wonderful patterns and textures as they interact together. These textures are built up gradually until the painting is balanced and aesthetically pleasing.
Painted on a box canvas, the sides of which have been sprayed turquoise. The painting has been finished with a high gloss resin, which gives a rippled effect, designed to replicate water. Silver leaf is also featured in the detail.
Signed on the reverse. Strung ready to hang.
Size: 120 x 40 cm
Medium: Mixed Media, silver leaf, gloss resin
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