Stratford Storm

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Automotive paint explosion.

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Stratford Storm, 24" x 24", urethane enamel on board
Stratford Storm, 24″ x 24″, urethane enamel on board (with 1.5″ deep painted edges), $1,500
I got a hold of a bunch of automotive & industrial paints (real tough stuff) from my dad who owned a sandblasting and painting outfit. One of the paint systems he used was no longer available so all the leftovers from that system ended up with me.
I build a few 24″ x 24″ cradled panels out of ripped 2″ x 4″ boards and hardboard. Then I primed them with a few coats of gesso, laid them on a tarp in the garage and started throwing paint. I also used a small pancake compressor to blow the paint around allowing it to mix on the board. I loved doing these paintings and plan on doing more. My dad just closed up his business which means there’s going to be a lot more excess paint to use up.
This painting was inspired by some photos I took along Stratford Road close to road 10 N.E. I see new things each time I look at this one, like the exploding green bear in the background. See his head popping off? What do you see?

 

Author: Chris Palmen

I’ve been practicing art in one form or another for most of my life and have been painting since about 2003. I do explore other medium but primarily use either acrylic or oil paints.

For me art has always been about the enjoyment of drawing and creating. It’s about challenging my eye, my brain, and my hands to recreate what I am seeing on a two dimensional surface.

So far, my paintings have been influenced by anything resembling old boots. In other words, anything that shows it’s character & history in the cracks and creases caused by use and abuse, weathering and age.

Other than that I paint things that are readily available. Anything around the house that looks interesting enough to keep me painting!