Paintings as complex as these are incredibly difficult to piece together. Layer upon layer of applications of different kinds of paint, a myriad of tools for applying, drying times, viscosities and colour balance are just a few of the components that are needed to start to paint a piece of drip art like Big Bang Theory.
Yet despite the intricate and involved methods used to commit paint to canvas this piece has a playful and carefree feel to it in the way that the paint dances and moves. Complex shapes and lines evolve in every direction taking your eye on a roller coaster of discovery.
For many of the small applications I use the tips of a pencil – great for getting the smallest of drops onto the canvas. For the longer and more robust applications I use syringes, wooden spoons, sticks, kitchen ladles, spatulas and a set of custom made applicators wrapped in surgical bandages! Brushes just can’t get the effects I want to produce so I rarely use them.
If you think that my drip technique is easy then try spending four weeks painting a 4ft square piece of cloth with the end of a pencil and some kitchen tools. Let me know how you get on OK?
I have also had this featured on a book cover for an academic book on theoretical physics. Check this out by Piers Coleman and his book ‘Many Body Physics’.
One of the joys of drip painting is to take apparent chaos and randomness and turn it into a spectacle and triumph of colour and form. If you can get that, complete with an obsessive attention to detail, then you’re going to produce something truly inspiring.
In the photos you can see just how close up the detail goes as a couple of these pictures show about an inch square of canvas. You just can’t appreciate the complexity of this piece without shoving your face into it. This is one of my styles of painting and something I am known for.