Monday, March 24, 2008


Oddment (n.): something left over; remnant

I've been trying to figure out what to do about the solidified remnants of acrylic paints and acrylic mediums that accumulate when left out, or when lids are not tightened and air gets to the contents *ahem*. Usually its when I'm in the midst of a painting session that I discover a certain color I haven't used in a while has gone hard. Once acrylics solidify, they are next to impossible to use. I'll continue with another color or mix up a new version of the one I wanted and toss the original container to the side.

I don't know what it is, but I love peeling and prying dried paint out of jars and cups. I guess it's a reminder of the joys of peeling glue off of my hands as a kid. I don't particularly like it when I open a container and find that a favorite color has bitten the dust, but it happens.

I like the results that a little air and time can have on acrylic paints and mediums. I've taken to saving wispy thin, translucent skins of polymer medium and chunks of vibrant colors in a studio bucket. I've not known what to do with it all until recently. I thought it might be interesting to set the dried color chunks up in still-life arrangements and photograph them.

I did a few last week and more are on the way:

left- Oddment: Red
right-Oddment: Red(close)

left-Oddment: White right- Oddment: Clear

Oddment: Peak
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