Black Surprise

This post refers to the colour prompt in Part 2 of the Fall Fearless and Fly Challenge:

“What color do you like least? Use it!”

No competition as far as I’m concerned. I really, really dislike black. So much so that I couldn’t bring myself to start something new. I couldn’t imagine creating anything that I’d like if I used a lot of black so decided to take an old canvas and start from there. Since I’d already discarded the canvas I wasn’t bothered about ruining it some more by painting it with black!




This is the abandoned canvas I used as the starting point. I’d covered up the original painting with left over medium and paints from other pictures and then given up on it. At one time there was even a wet wipe stuck on there (you can see the square shape if you look) but I removed it because it look really naff.







Here’s the next stage. I covered it in black and then used a kitchen towel to dab off most of the paint.









I then did the same again with red – my next most disliked colour. At his point the tissue paper was lifting from the canvas and annoying me so I took a palette knife to it and ripped it off!



To my great surprise I discovered the original painting underneath (which coincidentally had black on it) and quite liked the result. I outlined the rips with a black sharpie and ended up with this.

The textures are really interesting and I’d definitely use black and red as a wash in the future. I like the textured “frame” thing going on too. So all in all it was a really fun and very surprising experiment!

15 comments to “Black Surprise”

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  1. Jessica Sporn - 17 Oct, 2012 Reply

    wow! It’s so great when “accidents” happen and the result is so pleasing. I find that’s almost always the case. I love this — the different layers give it so much depth. There’s something almost archeological about it.

  2. Susan Being Snippy - 17 Oct, 2012 Reply

    amazing how sometimes discards can actually turn out to please one! For myself I do like black when properly used — which to me means to act as a contrast to make bright colours appear even brighter and I think that is what is accomplished with your work in this case…

  3. Carolyn Dube - 17 Oct, 2012 Reply

    I love seeing your steps and how you revealed the final piece of art! It is one of my favorite feelings when I can experiment with something and walk away with ideas and techniques to use in future pieces! So glad you shared this with Fall Fearless and Fly!

  4. Jenny Grant - 18 Oct, 2012 Reply

    Great result and fantastic to see the process! Looking forward seeing how you listen to your intuition to develop the next challenge!

  5. Molly - 18 Oct, 2012 Reply

    This is great! Isn’t it fabulous when we push on those boundaries only to find something wonderful?!?

  6. Linda K - 18 Oct, 2012 Reply

    What a happy ending! Thanks for sharing the steps along the way too. The color washes added some really nice extra depth to the piece without being overwhelming. Nice work!

  7. Lynn McMillan - 19 Oct, 2012 Reply

    Love those serendipitous discoveries! What a great reward for committing to use those least-liked colors. Thanks for sharing!

  8. Janet - 19 Oct, 2012 Reply

    I love happy accidents like that. Black is my least favorite color too. You ended up with a beautiful piece though!

  9. Ali TS - 19 Oct, 2012 Reply

    Great story, I love your honesty in the telling and it all turned out for the best.

  10. Mitzi Zohar - 24 Oct, 2012 Reply

    Not only did you ‘rip off the bandaid’ by using colours you don’t like it seems like you found a whole new world underneath your painting by ripping off the tissue. The outlining is like underlining the discoveries you made along the way.

  11. NatashaMay - 27 Oct, 2012 Reply

    Gorgeous texture and I love the colors. Beautiful!

  12. 2amscrapper - 27 Oct, 2012 Reply

    what a fabulous outcome!

  13. Gillian - 29 Oct, 2012 Reply

    Thanks everyone. I really appreciate your comments!

  14. ReclusiveGoddess - 03 Nov, 2012 Reply

    I always find that art is filled with ‘happy accidents’… those things you don’t plan and at first are really annoyed that they happened, but then .. they turn out to be exactly what the piece needs! It’s always so much fun when it happens!

    • Gillian - 03 Nov, 2012 Reply

      It seems to be the only way things happen for me at the moment since I don’t know where to start to plan something. I’m loving it. Thanks so much for your comment!

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