Archive for October 3rd, 2016


Didn’t paint drip in the 15th century?  It must have. Even egg tempera must have gotten runny sometimes.  But dripping paint was a no-no til the end of the 19th century.  Unthinkable; what a disgrace; quick, clean it up and let no one see how paint behaves.  In the 20th century paint was finally allowed to behave like paint.

If you’re not a painter you may think this is easy.  How hard can it be to splash paint on a piece of cloth, you say!

If you’re a contemporary painter and you have never let paint drip, hmm, that may be because you haven’t been able to. Maybe allowing paint to drip is like yoga: you stretch and it’s uncomfortable at first.

As the instructor in the “Mondrian Class” I get ecstatic—ooh, ahh—when someone first ventures into drip mode. It just happens. As with yoga, I think it’s accompanied by an exhalation of all sorts of thou-shalts and thou-shalt-nots.

The above painting was produced in two class periods.  The student, Pamela Habel, has only been with us for one semester.

drips-allowedIn her previous painting, left, we can see her warming up to the idea of allowing the paint to drip.

Pamela Habel, acrylic on canvas, each painting 40” x 30”

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