I call it ‘going down the rabbit hole’

I think as artists we need to remember ‘one of an artist’s chief obligations is to take risks’ and is the antidote to the problem of disappearing down the rabbit hole. Castaway article about Warwick Thornton by Tim Elliott Good Weekend magazine May 23 2020 

I put a sheet of paper on the studio wall quite awhile ago, 61cm x 73cm at the start of the Covid19 situation and painted. It was ok but not impressing me so later added some charcoal then put it aside.  Retrieved it a few weeks later and took a palette knife rather than a brush and spent time on it but put it aside again. This week it went back on the wall for me to work on. One way or the other I wanted to work with it to completion. It was in my mind either going to be a success or something to learn by and chuck out.

Using a palette knife makes the surface almost sculptural over time. This week I took out the large palette knife – the ‘that ain’t a palette knife, this is a palette knife’ sorta deal – to work on it.  The paint appears denser on the surface because of the method of application. It adds density and greater impact of the colour.  And because of the developing cragginess of the surface as I worked I can’t always predict how the paint will behave. Makes the process fun.

Ruth le Cheminant  Covid19 Painting #7 2020 acrylic and charcoal on arches paper 61cm x 73cm

Ruth le Cheminant Covid19 Painting 7 2020 acrylic and charcoal on arches paper 61cm x 73cm
Ruth le Cheminant Covid19 Painting 7 2020 acrylic and charcoal on arches paper 61cm x 73cm
Ruth le Cheminant Covid19 Painting 7 2020 acrylic and charcoal on arches paper 61cm x 73cm detail 1
Ruth le Cheminant Covid19 Painting 7 2020 acrylic and charcoal on arches paper 61cm x 73cm detail 1
Ruth le Cheminant Covid19 Painting 7 2020 acrylic and charcoal on arches paper 61cm x 73cm detail 2
Ruth le Cheminant Covid19 Painting 7 2020 acrylic and charcoal on arches paper 61cm x 73cm detail 2
Ruth le Cheminant Covid19 Painting 7 2020 acrylic and charcoal on arches paper 61cm x 73cm detail 3
Ruth le Cheminant Covid19 Painting 7 2020 acrylic and charcoal on arches paper 61cm x 73cm detail 3
Ruth le Cheminant Covid19 Painting 7 2020 acrylic and charcoal on arches paper 61cm x 73cm detail 4
Ruth le Cheminant Covid19 Painting 7 2020 acrylic and charcoal on arches paper 61cm x 73cm detail 4
Ruth le Cheminant Covid19 Painting 7 2020 acrylic and charcoal on arches paper 61cm x 73cm detail 5
Ruth le Cheminant Covid19 Painting 7 2020 acrylic and charcoal on arches paper 61cm x 73cm detail 5