Three paintings

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Madeleine Sidle Keesing (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Walter Barker

Abstract: My thesis is a series of paintings which grew out of several years of exploring various properties of paint, water, canvas and paper. The paintings of my thesis and the paintings which preceeded them were placed in a horizontal position, where intermittent layers of gesso and layers of very diluted paint were poured and brushed across the surface of the painting. In some of the paintings which preceeded my thesis I explored the way colors bled through the layers of paint. In another group of paintings, which I did before my thesis, I was interested in the way paint settled and dried when poured onto crumpled or torn paper. In other paintings I found that a fine quality of rag paper, with several layers of gesso applied, forms "lakes" and "rivers" when a mixture of paint and water is poured onto it. The paintings in my thesis are made by a process which is similar to and an extension of the processes used in the earlier paintings I have just described. Many layers of gesso are brushed on an unstretched canvas approximately four feet wide and six feet long. I decide how dark the last layer of gesso will be in a spectrum of light gray and white. When the gesso is dry, I fold the canvas so that it forms horizontal creases which vary slightly in their distance from each other. After the canvas has been folded long enough for the creases to remain in the canvas it is unfolded. I then pour and brush over the surface of the canvas a blue paint which I have mixed from varying combinations of ultramarine blue, cobalt blue, alizarin crimson, cadmium red, black and white. I thin the paint with quite a bit of water.

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Language: English
Date: 1974

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