Moonlit Tide

Acryclic on canvas panel

One of my favorite paintings

I remember back in 2010 when I made this I had no idea what was happening. I tend to make things up as I go along, but when you do abstract I guess that just comes naturally. This was one of those pieces.

I just put globs of paint, (some metallic, some regular) on the canvas and used my palette knife. Now, if this were oil I’m sure there would be a bit more control of the paint than acrylic, but I wanted to try something that was new for me. I just added layer upon layer of a different color paint and then when I realized where this was going I started refining it so it looked like waves crashing so hard against the black/pink rocks that it knocked the algae right off them. I remember going along with the textures I was presented with and making the most of what I was given.

I had some glow-in-the-dark texture paint (my sister makes polymer clay miniatures and she uses it from time to time…so I stole it) and then decided this scene I created needed a moon. It needed a moon that would glow in the dark if I put this in a room and turned out the lights. I still don’t know why I wanted to do this!

I still used the knife as I remember. I managed to swirl in a little of the black paint in the process for a little variety (the moon isn’t a solid color after all). When I finished, walked away, and came back when it was dry, it was like I was seeing someone else’s work. I had just realized what I had made, the full picture of what I was doing…and I named her “Moonlit Tide”.


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