My Technique

It’s never been enough for me to just pour or paint the colour. I love to connect with a canvas and claim it with my hands.  

 

Making marks and shapes, building and exploring the potential of abstract.

I like to approach my canvas free of preconceptions and open to possibilities.

Siobain O'Brien holding brushes and painting tools
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My love of clay and tactile materials has led me to favour heavy texture in my art, incorporating rich layers and depth. When I start a piece of work I don’t really think about paint: using a texture-medium I create a form. Nothing beats the feeling of putting it on thick, moulding it and watching it take shape.

 

I might have a loose idea of what I want to create, but it’s an organic process and I go where the journey and the palette knife takes me. Sometimes it’s slow and hesitant, other times it’s a glorious frenzy of creativity.

Then I add acrylic paint using brushes and my fingers. My oldest, shabby-bristled paintbrushes produce the most beautiful of marks and highlight the subtle textures. I love saturated colour, intense, vibrant hues and contrasting light and dark. A vivid interplay of hard edges and soft blends.  I use neutral colours to creat balance, while introducing blues and greens to calm the chaos of the energy I’m harnessing.  I turn my canvas as I go and make sense of the work as it develops.

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Gallery - Details of Textured Art

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