Etched Abstracts Gallery

These paintings use lines 'etched' into wet paint. I typically cover the canvas with a single uniform colour to start with. I let that dry, then paint a fairly thick layer of a different colour on top of the first colour, sometimes using a sponge. I then have a fairly short time to etch a design into the wet paint (typically with the other end of a paint brush) letting the initial colour show through. This is followed by several additional layers. The final effect is usually far removed from the initial colour. I sometimes use wet charcoal to emphasise the etched lines.

I really enjoy painting like this and I am often very pleased with the resultant effect. The process of etching tends to be quite tense - there is an element of risk, especially if I have invested considerable effort into the background. Etching has to be done very quickly (especially for a large canvas) and it is hard to correct mistakes.


Beast in the Hills

Beast in the Hills
2009, 51x41cm, 235

Man and Dog

Man and Dog
2009, 51x41cm, 235

Primitive Man

Primitive Man
2006, 51x41cm, 235

Come and See

Come and See
2010, 51x41cm

Buried for Thousands of Years

Buried for Thousands of Years
2009, 51x41cm, 225

Tour of villages, nighttime

Tour of villages, nighttime
2008, 101x76cm, 450

Head in the clouds at The Granary

Head in the clouds at The Granary
2008, 61x51cm, 275

Hidden Message at The Granary

Hidden Message at The Granary
2008, 61x51cm, 275

Entrance to the Temple of the Sun

Entrance to the Temple of the Sun
2011, 61x51cm

Peducian King

Peducian King
2009, 60x60cm, 285

Peducian Temple

Peducian Temple
2009, 60x60cm, 285

An Adventure

An Adventure
2007, 61x51cm, 285

Leave the City at Night

Leave the City at Night
2007, 51x61cm, 285

The character in this painting is contemplating himself, his life, and his place. He is doing this at night, in a half-dream state. This is the time between waking and sleep when the mind drifts and lets go; wandering of its own accord. It is as if he has left his home in the city as this abstract form.

I tried to capture the half-light that occurs outside a city, when the world is illuminated by a bright moon. The world in this light seems an echo of our own daylight world - the same but different, and it is this world our character inhabits in his reverie.

I started with a predominantly orange background, which roots the picture in a kind of glow. I covered this in a green layer. I then etched the lines into this layer when wet, also hashing certain areas, to reveal the orange beneath. On top of this, several layers of various blues made up the final night-time feel of the scene.

Incidentally, the first orange background I painted for this picture did not seem appropriate at all, and I started again. That background went on to become the painting 'Autumn Vortex'.

Vibrant Action

Vibrant Action
2006, 90x60cm, 395

Vibrant Reflection

Vibrant Reflection
2006, 46x36cm, 205

Musicians

Musicians
2006, 30.5x30.5cm, 180

Musician

Musician
2006, 30.5x30.5cm, 180

Some Kind of Connection

Some Kind of Connection
2006, 35.5x46cm, 225