Letting paint be paint

Work in progress
acrylic on canvas
355 × 455mm

The idea of “letting paint be paint” struck me while developing my recent sketchbook drawings. In some ways it’s a bit of a nonsense statement as what else can paint be? And paint can be many things – smooth, dry, flat, sticky, fast, slow, thick, thin – the list goes on, but the point is paint is not biro ink, or pencil, or any other medium. Paint has its own inherent qualities and to expect or want it to behave otherwise is going to result in a fruitless struggle. Better to work with these qualities than against them.

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