Wow! I am still shocked by the look after I do a scratch-off. I know the results are, by now, predictable, and yet the scratching brings so much movement and life to the artwork, that it still amazes me. This method keeps proving that it works, although that also still surprises me. Of course with each project, some results I cannot control and those are not surprising.
This artwork had the issue with a lot of tiny breaks in the topcoat before scratching. These little cracks in the surface paint have existed from work to work, although in this project they seemed excessive. That is something I would like to see less off. I have an idea that the use of too much water when applying the topcoat may be causing more of these tiny cracks to be appearing. In some areas in the middle, I did not like the placement of the words, so I painted them over which did fill cracks. Then later, when I took a pallet knife to the topcoat, those thicker paint areas proved to be rubber-like and difficult to get any smooth flowing scratching. You can see a few spots across the middle that the pallet knife resulted in the unexpected pulling of the paint. Thicker topcoats did not seem to be an issue in the past, but this time the extra coats were applied after the original topcoat had dried. I did see that slightly curved horizontal lines created with a narrow head pallet knife, instead of using zig-zagging worked better for this artwork. Finally, For the most part, I liked the effect of the background layer that shows through. This time I used a small roller to apply the background colors. This technique is reminiscent of earlier artworks. This look certainly may work for a future topcoat.
Here is what the background image for After the Gold Rush looks like:
The words I use and how I use them are different from others. Again, I did not think it was worth my time to finely define the look of the lettering like I have consistently done in the past (from 2011). The saving of Time and my changing approach to creating artworks (no longer relying on a craft approach to gain Artwork World respect) means the words and how they are used defines this art. How they have crafted (I hide my craft), or how pretty they are adds no other virtue. Like fine craftmanship, other artworks that display words, use words as a prop to shield their lack of originality. In this art, the words, the art, and the music are bound together, with each enhancing the other. That is a big difference. And besides, after scratching what’s left is for you to figure out.
Scott Von Holzen