Dear Cleo 17 05 31

Dearest Cleo

I hope you are well and enjoyed your camping trip at the weekend.

I have been starting to deal with the scratching out technique, I started by taking photographs of the found pieces around the house, let’s start with the collaboration pieces done by myself and Freya. I did the painting and Freya, quite naturally, as she is a cat, did the scratching bit.

Figure 1 (2.2.5.1) Collaboration with Freya 1, emulsion, blown vinyl and scratching on wall approx 100 x 400mm

Figure 2 (2.2.5.2) Collaboration with Freya 2 emulsion, blown vinyl and scratching on wall approx 200 x 400mm

Figure 3 (2.2.5.3) Collaboration with Freya 3 emulsion, blown vinyl and scratching on wall approx 200 x 400mm

Figure 4 (2.2.5.4) Collaboration with Freya 4 emulsion, blown vinyl and scratching on wall approx 150 x 400mm

There are a couple more collaborations with Freya around the house, and there are even a couple of collaborations with Georgina, who was a dog that your mum and Aunty Loz knew well, but the illustrations given are the best examples.

Whilst found examples are admirable, I set to work with this sketch to produce an example of the scratching technique.

Figure 5 (2.2.5.5)  (SK02.16) ink on A6 cartridge

I worked in acrylics and brushed in a ground colour composed of viridian green and yellow ochre which gave a warm tone which I let dry. I then overlaid this using a palette knife with a cool tone of cerulean blue and titanium buff with lots of slow drying medium which I then scratched through using kitchen roll and the palette knife.

Figure 6 (2.2.5.6) Restaurant, Acrylic on A3 mixed media paper

The painting has retained the lively feel of the sketch and is the serious beginnings of a painting, it has a feel of Ad Reinhart that could possibly be developed in the oil layers that would need to go on top.

I think that the experiment went well but it may go better if the second layer was in oils.

I’m looking forward to catching up with you at the weekend.

Love as always

Mickos

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