Black on Black, 2012Original Painting: Oil, alkyd on panel
20" x 20"
Collection of Bernalillo County Public Art Program
If you are familiar with the black-on-black pottery style invented by Maria Martinez of San Ildefonso Pueblo, you will understand the inspiration for the painting posted on today's blog. The work of Maria Martinez and her husband Julian is a fascinating story that you can read about via this link: http://www.mariapottery.com/bio/bio.html
It was fun and a challenge for me to achieve in paint the matte vs. shiny surface quality of this world famous blackware pottery.
To bring out the rich black of the design I used a high gloss medium in my paint mixture, which I later painted over again with several coats of varnish to further increase the gloss. What appears as white dots was done with silver metallic pen.
Thanks for taking a look. Enjoy your weekend.
Text and image ©2012 Carol L. Adamec. All rights reserved.