by Patte Ormsby
13" x 5" mixed media on aluminum/fiberglass
"I paint on aluminum-faced fiberglass board for its reflective and uneven surface qualities, or on wood panels I’ve similarly prepared with thick, reflective texture. I build the paintings, layer upon layer, starting with brightly colored pattern, sprayed through screens, followed by translucent oil glazes and varnish resists for a luminosity achieved when combined with the aluminum ground.
I top this with imitation gold leaf, a copper and zinc alloy, to create the composition. I treat the leaf with a mild acidic solution of natural ingredients found in my kitchen, to develop a blue green patina or to melt it away entirely exposing more of the underlying shapes and colors, and enriching the layered effect.
I may include other metals, aluminum or iron, with craquelure and oxidation techniques for textural interest and an aged quality.
Additional layers of oil glaze and varnish seal and enhance the painting and only at the end do I pick up a brush to complete the painting." -Patte Ormsby