Thankfully with a great team working together, we covered the prepared wall with the Beeck Quartz Filler quite rapidly.  It is quite time consuming, mostly because of the dabbing action needed for such a bumpy surface, but we loved using the paint.

It was Mufti Day when we painted on the bridging primer, and so, as you can see, there is not a uniform in sight.  Just as well really as the paint did tend to go in unexpected places….I have to say, not because the painters were not being sensible, its just the paint seemed to have a life of its own!

I have to say I was very impressed with how quickly those painters who worked with me picked up the way to control the paint…It is quite runny and it’s more like a stain, and so they sure did need to know how to control it!

The decking was very comfortable to sit on, and as you can see, we used rubber gloves to protect our hands and plastic goggles too.  There’s nothing unsafe or toxic about the paint, it’s just very alkaline and I know from experience that it dries out your skin, and can sting, though I didn’t find this much with the paint, it was more just the fixative alone.  In a school setting we have to do things properly though, and the goggles meant that there were no worries with regard to paint splashing in eyes.  However, to be honest, one has to manipulate the paint in such a way that you wouldn’t tend to splash it about anyway.

I started the mural using the Beeck Silicate Mineral paints, and they were fine, but when I got to the linear parts I had discovered Keim Mineral Paints, and most particularly, their Soldalit, which is a third generation sol-silicate paint.  This pain was much easier to handle..a very slight difference in consistency but it made all the difference with the lines.  It was slightly more viscous.  If I were to paint a mural like this again I would just use the Soldalit, as the difference in consistency made it easier to use.

From the Keim website:

“SOL-SILICATE MINERAL PAINTS

Recent developments in mineral silicate paint technology have seen the introduction of sol-silicate mineral paintswhich not only utilise potassium silicate but also silica sol.  Silica binders are ‘colloids’, a term originating from the Greek word for glue –‘kolla’.  These particles have excellent viscosity, meaning they are well absorbed into a surface and once dry the particles firmly bind to the surfaces.  The addition of the silica sol, enhances the already superior adhesion of mineral paints and increases their scope of use to include application onto previously painted surfaces.”

Yes, and an additional bonus, not utilised in this case, as it was silicate on silicate, but something which I will certainly experiment with in different contexts when the mural is done.

Again from the Keim Mineral Paint website:

 

MINERAL APPEARANCE

Mineral Paints have a flat, matt finish, however the crystal structure provides excellent light reflectance which gives a bright, clean apperance.  In addition, through the use of earth oxide pigments, there is no colour fade – proven on buildings which were been decorated over 100 years ago where there is still no visible colour fade and no breakdown of the coating itself.  Keim Paints are inherently resistant to mould and fungal growth due to their high alkalinity, (pH is approximately 12.3), and therefore can provide long term resistance to mould and fungal growth.

 

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I thought I would continue with non-figurative painting for some time, but I am wondering right now if it might be best to push myself back into the representational arena for a while…It’s not that I don’t like working with no specific focus, because I feel the focus is there under the surface regardless of what one sees on the canvas, but there is something that affords a painting more accessible to others if it contains objects and as we live in a world full of objects maybe it might be an idea to pick some up from time to time and work them into a painting.  These can be from the imagination of coures, they don’t need to be taken from the “outside” world.  Also, though I meant to do this sooner, I still have many potential paintings I wanted to paint based on my immediate environment.  And while the sky here is wonderfully vast and interesting, there’s lots below it.

I think its a good idea for any painter to move from one to the other, I mean, from objects to no objects in painting because one should pay attention to the physical qualities of the paint and whatever form your painting takes it’s a valuable process in itself.  You can always cast it away afterwards if you want to.  There’s no contract involved!  There is maybe, at least there was for me, a slight concern that if you drop painting objects you will be in a place of “no return” and your destiny is sealed. Maybe for a lifetime of people, confused,bemused, and less able to engage with your painting, because they cannot “see” anything in it. 

What is life like?  Can we “see” things with a focus all the time?  Is it always clear to us?  Is it sometimes figurative and sometimes not?  I look back with interest on the path that my photographic work took, from very photographic photographs, to images resembling linocuts, well, in a kind of “photographic linocut” way, to blurred images, and then, to black and white, contrasty and detailed type images, mostly of trees.  The order was not so ordered as this sentence with its logic falsely suggests, but vision is ever moving and ever changing, and I think it would follow then that in terms of expression, painting would be as ever, never fixed!!!

Ramble over…..

What a pleasant walk.

It’s looking grey up there in the sky…I’m not painting any lines on the mural this week as I have a backlog of photographic work to sort out and the weather doesn’t promise much.  I will be painting lines next week, and I’m looking forward to that.  I never thought I would look forward to painting lines so much!  I can’t wait to get them done.  It’s a challenge juggling so many things at once, and the price I pay for this is the frustrating business of not being able to get on with things as quickly as I would like to. 

Doing a lot of framing and sorting out of past work.  I really want to press on with some smaller paintings but now that term is soon to end, I will be busy with family things, apart from finishing the mural.   I entered a painting into The Sunday Times Watercolour Competition this year, but it wasn’t selected. I am not surprised, as there are many more experienced with watercolours than I, but I thought I would give it a shot anyway.  It was pouring down with rain on the collection of unselected works day, and I got well watered myself, though I didn’t see very much colour to go with it!

Near The End Of Term!

July 15, 2011

Just a quick entry today, I have too much on to write much, but I will be painting some lines on the mural next week.  I’ve been working on another exterior mural, only around one metre square in a garden, this time very spontaneous…I wanted to try out another approach with the paint and see if it worked.  It is working well, so I will post some images up later on no doubt.  I dropped off some work to The White Gallery in Dorking, and enjoyed seeing other artists work there at the same time.  The White Gallery is located at 17 St Martin’s Walk, Dorking, Surrey, RH4 1UT.  If you are in Dorking, do pop by, there is a nice range of interesting work, and several pleasant places to sit down and enjoy a coffee or whatever nearby.  There are many Surrey artists with work in the gallery, which offers a good price range and work in a variety of different media. 

 

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