Nigel Shipley


Dawn or life

Oil on board 60 X 60 cm


I love controlled accidents.  By painting a thin wash of oil paint over a white base of water based acrylic paint, the oil and the water may react and create natural patterns that reflect those in nature.  These patterns can have an infinite complexity that it would be impossible to design, and mirror the patterns found when frost settles on an icy winter’s window, or the cracks of a dry muddy river bed.  Scraping wet paint with a squeegee can also create similar accidental textures or rhythms that reflect nature.