My neighbor and fellow abstract painter Matthew Langley and I have always agreed that process is important--that how an abstract painter paints is as revealing as what he or she paints.
[Image above: Matthew Langley's studio.]
Langley works with the grid, taping off sections, building up layers of color, scribing lines into the thick paint to further define the grid, and completing the painting with a thin coat of matte white. The thick, colorful underpainting peeks through.
His use of knives also reminded me that painting techniques go in and out of fashion. We talked about the historic replacement of the brush with the palette knife, and how its use was once considered avant-garde, then became the go-to technique of Sunday painters, and is now considered too kitschy to indulge. Or, I suggested to a skeptical Langley, maybe not. Could it be time to revisit kitschy palette knife painting?
Rejecting the New: Abstract painting in the 1980s (2013)
How long does it take Brice Marden to make a painting? (2012)
Last chance to see "Colorfield Remix" in DC (2007)