Smoke Tendrils


acrylic paint on Graphix film
4″ x 4″ image (8″ x 8″ matted and framed behind glass)

In Smoke Tendrils, I created the sinuous movement of the rising streams of colored smoke as they entwine their way to the sky.

Smoke Tendrils is a small, framed and matted acrylic painting behind glass.  I use a sophisticated technique of pouring paint with added chemicals to create luscious intermixed bubbles and waves of color. Paints are selected based on the opacity, density, and color mixing properties of each color, with chemicals added to some (but not all) of them.  The paint blends are poured onto Graphix film in layers, tipping and tilting to get the effect I’m after. A butane torch is used to get chemicals to rise to the surface and create cells of color to bubble up.