The Grotto


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30”x40” acrylic on gallery wrapped canvas 2019

Details: Cool, calm Payne’s gray establishes the base for this painting. Soft pink, gentle aqua, and white are layered on top, giving form to the composition. The paints are applied in varying transparencies and thicknesses, allowing for textural richness added by both scratch and wipe-away techniques. Palette knives were used to add heavy patches and marks, and thin, energetic lines were made using pen tips. Several areas of the painting present translucent layers that peek into deeper places, and bright and vibrant green grants a sense of new life and growth.

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The story: Created intuitively, this painting started out nothing how it ended. The original colors were bright, strong, and aggressive, but I couldn’t stand them like that. I continued to layer, over, and over, until calm was rendered and the painting and I both felt at peace. It’s called “The Grotto” simply because the forms actually look like a grotto, but coincidentally, this painting was finished Easter week 2019. Perhaps there is a powerful metaphor in there after all.

Additional information

Weight 6 lbs
Dimensions 40 × 30 × 2 in


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