I Paint With Pigments that look like Crayons

NeocolorsII by Caren D’ache


pic of crayons

pic of crayons

I begin painting by choosing a bright white sheet of Archival Paper that is Hot Press which is smooth to the eye and touch unlike cold press which has bumps or texture on the surface.

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The 140 pound paper weight provides enough thickness for the needed layers to begin the basic structure of the piece.

If the paper is too thin, it simply won’t absorb the pigments correctly.  

Playing with the foreground and surface color adds dimension and saturation to the surface which means that the colors that come forward are a different hue then the ones that recede


I often use black and white as a sort of yin and yang struggle in my work seeking to balance the play between dark and light. 


Each swirl and arc is a process of painstaking baby steps.


To understand that it has been and that it has arrived is the very nature of the creating artist.


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It is not a stagnant moment from one completed piece to the next. It is

blackunicorn 003 a continuous conversation.


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