Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Gravity Painting #10, Final

Going to add more comments later, just wanted to get these shots up tonight.  Click to enlarge.

So, the interesting thing about this painting technique is that the piece looks different from different angles.  For a better understanding of how I did this, please read the previous two entries.  Entry 1  and Entry 2.

Long story short(er):  I made thick textures on the board with pumice gel and then sculpted it with a serrated clay tool, to make gouges and ridges in the gel.  I then painted the entire piece.  When it was dry, I then used an airbrush aimed not at the piece, but parallel to it!  The paint only landed on one side of each ridge, in the rainbow design seen above.  The detail shots below make this more apparent.

Ridges are easier to see, as the copper & golden paint filled the gouges a bit.

Reminds me of a butterfly wing close up.  Some dry brush work in black here.

Another detail of the ridges.

My daughter says that this part reminds her of crows flying in formation in the sky.

The three images above are from the same part of the piece, taken at different angles.  Worth clicking on for an enlarged view
Eye of Horus

Jupiter Cloud Pattern

No metaphor here.  Just a wonderful purple splat!

Second shot with a tennis ball; the first shots had more of a splat.

1980's comic book color scheme.  Or ketchup & mustard.

Enlarge for details of the teal & white swirls

All of these remind me of fantastic space imagery.

Classic colors and reflective pattern of amusement park ride paint schemes.

Finally, a cheesy animated gif, so you can see how the imagery changes depending on your angle.


  1. I've seen this in person, and it is amazing to behold! But the photos are pretty cool too. It's important to note that the second two photos, showing the side shots, are photos of the same painting! It' looks different depending on what side you view it from.

  2. Thanks for the kind words! I miss it so much. Going to have to make another painting in a similar style soon :)

  3. That is tremendous! More cool stuff from ever-experimenting Troy. I hope you make more of these.

  4. I think the "Jupiter" cropping is my favorite.

    Definitely need to explore more with this technique...think you've got something here...