While working with purely abstract images, I refined my technique of first applying layers of color (underpainting) and then covering the entire surface with thin, vertical hand painted lines of varying opacity, creating a unique interplay between color, light and texture.
I experimented with metallics that were introduced by paint manufacturers. Iridescent, pearl acrylic colors combine conventional pigments with powdered mica (aluminum silicate) or powdered bronze to achieve complex visual effects. Years later, after moving to New Mexico, I decided to revisit new technology in metallics and produce a series of paintings based on minerals historically mined in the state, including gold, silver, copper, turquoise, obsidian, lepidolite and more.
The Mica-IronOxide Diptych in the New Mexico Mineral Series contrasts the metallic surfaces in the painting with other areas using my multi-layered technique. I collected book Mica on a recent rockhounding expedition to the historic Ojo Caliente mining district to grind and then mix with my pigments.
Peter E. Lynn https://www.peterlynnstudio.com