Paint on Slate
Recently during one of those moments where my brain wanders aimlessly, I got a wild hair. This seemingly random creative urge drew me to painting on natural, even rugged supports, one of these being slate.
Every time I wander through the flooring isles of a local home improvement store, I find myself mesmerized by the unique beauty found in natural cut stone. The veins, colors, textures, topography, and over-all-”voice” varies immensely from one piece to the next. It didn’t take long for shapes, and compositions to intrigue me from within their otherwise unassuming hosts. With this criteria set, I quickly adopted each piece that spoke. Some of them even broken, it mattered not. Once home I proudly lined each piece up, eager and excited by my new acquisitions. Those same shapes, began to develop more now that the slate was in my studio and not in a pile down the warehouse isle. This is getting more and more enticing!
As soon as I could, I quickly sealed each piece on all sides twice, then put a couple coats of clear gesso on them. The colors and contrast popped even more!
How on earth would I choose which to paint first or even what to paint on them!?