8″x8″ framed to 9″x9″
acrylic on clayboard
illumination: Distressed Finish
Acrylic painting on clayboard.
Framed, painting behind plexiglas, and ready to hang.
A distressed finish is a technique that is used to give new furniture an aged appearance. Clayboard is a hardboard covered in kaolin clay ground (similar to the surfaces used during the Renaissance. The surface is sanded and extremely smooth. surface which could be scratched after painting. I painted the surface in thin layers of acrylic paint, rubbed portions away, and even scratched through it to add contrast and texture.
The layout follows the geometric proportions of a page from an illuminated medieval manuscript (thus the name Illumination).
There is a landscape beneath the scratches in the center portion of the painting.
Pages within the medieval manuscripts usually had a decorative border followed by text or an illustration with a painting within the frame.