Sunday, 10 March 2013

Watching paint dry....

I suppose we all do it, and this one has definitely been one of those :)
A friend sent me a text earlier and asked me if I'd created anything, to which the answer was
"it's an abstract industrial thing, sort of rusty looking".
Well, what else would you call it?

This started off with a bit of reminiscing about things that were invaluable but that
(as a civvie) can no longer be obtained by simply walking into the G10 stores,
such as black nasty*, brown shiny** and green hairy***.
Another blast from the past is Red Death, aka Red Lead or Lead Oxide Primer, which,
as the name suggests was a bit dodgy and is now probably a banned substance!
Anyway, the discussion brought back a guy with a car that had various rust spots,
so he covered them with black nasty and red lead,
but got carried away and painted the whole car!
Now, as it happens, Adirondack's Terra Cotta acrylic is the perfect shade for Red Lead,
so I decided to have a go at another abstract piece. 
I had no idea where this was going, it was a case of apply a layer of something,
wait for it to dry, then do something else.
The layers include:
Terra Cotta acrylic,
patches of other acrylic,
diluted acrylic ink,
embossing paste,
more acrylic ink,
poster paint,
and quite a bit of water.
The site glass is a few drops of ink sandwiched between microscope slides,
and a layer of paint behind it.
The 'toxic leak' is diluted gold acrylic.

* Black Nasty is tape. A bit like duct tape, but black and probably more versatile!
**Brown Shiny is also tape, but it's brown and shiny, instead of black and nasty.
***Green Hairy isn't tape, it's string. I bet you can't guess what it looks like ;)


  1. I really love this style of art. I wish mine could be less flowery. I really enjoy looking at industrial landscapes despite being a country bumpkin.
    I must try to give this style a go!

  2. It seems to be how you are going at the moment. Really clever pieces recently and it's nice that they mean something to you too!

  3. it is good and interesting and ...different to your previous works. Did you find a new inspiration? if you did it is definitely good one. Well done, Nigel.

  4. Nigel, these last two pieces are really interesting... love the whole grunge/danger thing and the background texture & colors. VERY cool... (i wasn't able to listen to the video - won't let me open it - i'll try checking out on youtube. Keep making art, my friend! xox

  5. I have to say, Nigel, that I think you've really hit your stride with these "industrial abstract" pieces. They are stunning.


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