Image size 30" x 22"
What a horrible name for a painting, right? Well, living in Southern California, we have palm trees everywhere. Some are well manicured and some have a lot of the dead fronds hanging below the pretty green ones. When I see these trees that aren't well maintained, I start imagining what critters are living in those dead fronds. I mean really, what a perfect home for rats and other critters. Nobody is disturbing them and they can live there forever! Rent free!
I came up with the name for this painting before I painted it. Sometimes that happens and I actually like working that way. It gives me a goal instead of painting a picture and then struggling to think of a name. Sometimes, naming a painting is the hardest part of the process.
This is a poured painting. I save the white areas of the paper with resist and then wet the paper and pour red, yellow and blue over the whole paper. Then, I decide what areas I want to save that are that value, add more resist and then do another pour. I continue until I have achieved the value contrast that I think will work. After the resist is removed, I tweet the painting where it needs it and then I say, "It's finished!"