yupo

June 14, 2012  •  42 Comments

Around the beginning of this year, 2012, I was introduced to and began experimenting with a specific paper called 'Yupo'. I don't know too much about it, but I believe it is designed for watercolor (though one can use other mediums) and it is translucent. It feels like painting on plastic to me, and it can be a challenging medium to work with. This is because the absorption properties are different from a typical piece of paper that absorbs and leaves the stain of watercolor behind. With Yupo, its almost as if you are allowed one layer. If you put another layer of watercolor on an existing one, the latter is re-activated and mixes or is picked up off the page all together. I am loving the 'happy accidents' that results from this process and better results happen when I don't try to control the painting so much as to letting it happen itself. Of course, the process also involves knowlege of color, form, etc. that are applied. That never changes, only the medium does.  I never learned the 'traditional' method of watercolor, and with Yupo, my approach is more like oilpaint. I work dark to light, and I lay it on thick! In the current body of work, 'headpieces', the yupo medium is perfect in expressing my idea of attempting to create more unversal concepts that are more abstract, and work more with emotion allowing more of the subconcious to come through. As opposed to the more cultural pieces that i have been doing, that are more controlled and relate to a different part of our being. I am still impressed how with such simple tools, in this case paper, water, brush, and pigment, such things can be created from any individual who cares to take the time to.  headpiece22, watercolor on Yupo, 9"x 12", 2012 headpiece 22 detail


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