Abstract Painting & Mixed Media – Artist Exposé #2

The experimental piece dried much paler so I worked into it with oil pastel and fine liner. Going for a conflict between the bright oil colors and the dull dirty turpentine.

 

This collection of images was submitted to Edge of Humanity Magazine by Benji Thomas.  The images depict the artist’s work with mixed media.  Click here to see Benji Thomas  COMPLETE GALLERY OF WORKS at Benji Thomas Art

 

Section of mixed media layered piece. Watercolor on ink, on turpentine. Ink and turpentine conflicting create scratchy separated sections. I also flicked some paint droplets to see how they dispersed.

Section of mixed media layered piece. Watercolor on ink, on turpentine. Ink and turpentine conflicting create scratchy separated sections. I also flicked some paint droplets to see how they dispersed.

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Switching it around by painting bleach onto ink instead, creating something more controlled.

Switching it around by painting bleach onto ink instead, creating something more controlled.

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 Section of an improvised mixed media piece in response to a music track (We As Human - Taking life). Each color represents an instrument, and I listened to the song once through for each color, layering it up. Watercolor and oil pastel rubbing over textured surface.

Section of an improvised mixed media piece in response to a music track (We As Human – Taking life). Each color represents an instrument, and I listened to the song once through for each color, layering it up. Watercolor and oil pastel rubbing over textured surface.

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Diluted Quink ink and turpentine, gestural painting.

Diluted Quink ink and turpentine, gestural painting.

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Experimenting with concentric circles. Ink onto bleach then a wash of water over it to blur ink and get a sort of "old photo" soft edges effect.

Experimenting with concentric circles. Ink onto bleach then a wash of water over it to blur ink and get a sort of “old photo” soft edges effect.

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The most complex and layered piece of work. Many layers of various conflicting materials such as turpentine, ink, watercolor, gouache, bleach, and oil paint. This created some really interesting interactions.

The most complex and layered piece of work. Many layers of various conflicting materials such as turpentine, ink, watercolor, gouache, bleach, and oil paint. This created some really interesting interactions.

Click on the images to see Benji’s COMPLETE GALLERY OF WORK.

Watercolor droplets on turpentine-saturated paper, so no dispersion. Water dropped on top to pale the ink.

Watercolor droplets on turpentine-saturated paper, so no dispersion. Water dropped on top to pale the ink.

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Experiments into the idea of material conflict. Painting Quink ink, wet into wet, onto bleached paper. Bleach eats into the black pigment and leaves a golden color.

Experiments into the idea of material conflict. Painting Quink ink, wet into wet, onto bleached paper. Bleach eats into the black pigment and leaves a golden color.

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Spontaneous experiment using dirty turpentine on top of watercolor wash and watercolor on top which didn't disperse.

Spontaneous experiment using dirty turpentine on top of watercolor wash and watercolor on top which didn’t disperse.

 

This collection of images was submitted to Edge of Humanity Magazine by Benji Thomas.  The images depict the artist’s work with mixed media.  Click here to see Benji Thomas  COMPLETE GALLERY OF WORKS at Benji Thomas Art

 

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