Painting methods

Richard Marcus Taylor

I free myself the conventions of nomenclature, subject matter and composition to experience the raw ecstasy of color. The visceral impact of color and composition are paramount in my work. I will think about a composition for a long time before I execute it. Then I want it to look random and indiscriminate, even though it is actually a very controlled process.

I paint multiple glazes using oil colors and alkyd gel. This builds up a complex, deep and diaphanous texture of color. I enjoy how many wonderful things happen with many layers of color, evoking an emotional response. I work on several canvases at the same time, as each layer of color must dry before I can proceed to the next. I enjoy the flow and consistency of the paint and how it flows from the brush.

I explore the beauty that many translucent layers of oil colors can produce. I have simplified my painting style to maximize my exploration of color and form. This relieves me from creating a narrative to motivate the paint. I believe color and form is enough motivation all its’ own. It’s just fine to enjoy looking at paint just for being only paint and nothing more.

I do not fear my work as being “decorative” or “pretty”. An appreciation of a work of art is a reward all its’ own. With much trial and error, I have refined the materials and methods to create my color field works. My work has very strong influences from Rothko and recreating his painting techniques is a very personal and emotional exploration of the fine art process for me.