After three attempts, I finally finished my acrylic painting, “Ninja” on my birthday. Yes, two canvases died in the making of this piece, thanks to my lack of experience with acrylics.
This is a seemingly violent departure from my other work which is typically joyous, gentle and peaceful. “Ninja” is part of my on-going series called “Black and White and Red All Over” that I started awhile back and includes my two other pieces, “Chat Noir” and “Angry Kitty.”
The look is pretty dramatic with the stars zipping through the air, as they make extreme contact with their targets. It reminds of a scene in an action movie where everything is happening in slow motion. This is where my love of comic books is evident.
I worked in layers by first tinting the white paint, and then applying it to the entire canvas. Afterwards, I applied a second layer of white horizontal streaks for some added texture and to make the stars appear as if they were flying at light speed. Then there was the application of nerve-wracking details such as the black streaks around and behind the stars, followed by the red splatters. On my second attempt, the splatters ended up being my demise because I didn’t dilute the paint and it resulted in huge clumps on the canvas. I was smarter this third go round.
So yes, “Ninja” was a rough customer but I persevered and completed it. This was the one time where I felt that creating art was very much like a sparring match.