Walking Into a Painting With My Imagination

As I was studying this painting, deciding if it was done and trying to think of a title, I had an interesting experience. I felt pulled into the painting. I wanted to walk through the grass and see the Irish Atlantic Ocean that I imagined was on the other side. I felt like walking into a painting.

Ann hart Marquis showing walking into a painting

A Place in My Imagination, acrylic and charcoal on canvas, 14 x 14 x 1.5 inches.

I am sure I have had this experience before with one of my paintings, but I couldn’t remember one that was so compelling to me. I have certainly had similar feelings with other paintings that I have seen. I once found a painting at the Louvre that was so captivating to me that I stood in front of it for 15 minutes.

I think that imagining walking into a painting somehow is related to the general wanderlust I am feeling at this time. It is possible that I need to go back to Ireland—or another Celtic place.

On the practical side of this painting, I approached it differently than my other Irish paintings. I didn’t put any medium on the canvas except black gesso. Previously for added texture, I used some type of molding paste on the others before I painted.

This time the painting had little texture except for paint when it was finished. Since I like texture, I applied an extra heavy gloss gel to the canvas and roughed it up to give the kind of texture that I was looking for. I like the effects although they can’t really be seen in the photograph.

I haven’t used heavy gloss gel much before. It was an experiment. When it is applied it looks like it is going to dry white. However, regardless of how thickly it is applied, it dries totally clear. The gel I was using was Liquitex Super Heavy gloss gel. I like the look and may try it again from time to time.

4 thoughts on “Walking Into a Painting With My Imagination

  1. dotty seiter

    I really like this painting. Without moving into realism, the sky feels real, and I know just how humid the air is. Enjoyable colors and composition. You’ve got me interested in playing around with black gesso and revisiting various textural mediums.

    I LOVE when I have the experience of walking around and BEING in one of my paintings—sweet that you had that experience with this one.

    1. Ann Hart Marquis Post author

      Thank you for your comment Dotty. I do like to have that little bit of black gesso showing through here and there. I have frequently used light molding paste in my paintings, but I had a small jar of course molding that I applied thinly on some of the paintings in this series. It is fun as you say to walk around in one of my paintings. I will have to try it more often.

    1. Ann Hart Marquis Post author

      Thank you Suzanne. Thank you saying that I am evolving. Sometimes it is hard for me to tell except maybe when I look at what you taught me in 2005. I also love your ongoing art project.


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