Coal paint blacker than expected, busted, and walking backwards: Artist Residency week 7

May 13, su : coal dust

I’ve added some coaldust today to my painting…. And to myself :)
I’m happy with the coal dust cloud I now have on my painting

anv steenkoolstof op hand


May 14, mo evening

I’m not really confident in those pigeons over here… so for the night, I prefer to cover my painting. So my Manifesta 9 flags finally come in handy again. I participated in the Manifesta Parallel programme back in 2012. We had to buy the flags …

bescherming schilderij met Manifesta vlaggen

May 15, tue, morning

It looks so much lighter in the morning sun. I know what my painting needs… some real, real black paint. Let’s make some :-) I prepared black pigment paste for today.

AnV met staalkaarten steenkoolverf

May 15, tue, coalpaint

That’s more like it :-)
I love my coal paint

AnV schilderij CD3 in opbouw

May 15, tue, evening

Yep. This is definitely more like it! :-) :-)
This is the first time I made such a “large” amount of my black coal paint. And the first time I paint such a large surface with it. The result exceeds my expectations, I am very happy!

AnV werkend aan schilderij Charbon de Beringen 3

May 16, wed : busted :)

Every morning, I take a picture of this headframe. They are restoring it, and it seems nice to put the photos next to each other after a few months, to see the progression. This morning I saw there were people on top, ideal to show on photo how immense it is. So I take my camera, and take pictures. All of a sudden my phone rings. I’m picking up. “An, are you on the release floor right now?” Yes. “Are you taking photos?” Euhm, yes. “Then it’s okay. We’re standing on top of the headframe, and we saw someone taking pictures inside. If it’s you than it’s OK, we just wanted to be sure.”
I rarely felt so busted.

Schachtbok be-MINE in restauratie, 15 mei 2018

May 17, thu : when results exceeds expectations :-)

I attached my paint test strokes from last year on my painting.
Schilderij CDB3 met steenkoolverf staaltjes op

(photo 2) : The “light” black paint I used, is a gloss version of my blackest coal paint made from the local coal. The 4 test strokes attached to it, are (left to right, top down): Golden Matte Acrylics Carbon Black; Daler-Rowney System 3 Mars Black, Liquitex Heavy Body Acrylic Ivory Black, and a gloss coal paint I made from bought anthracite coal.

glanzend zwarte staalkaartjes op schilderij van AnV

(photo 3) The matte black, my blackest black paint, has 3 test strokes on it: on the lower left: Culture Hustles Black 1.0, on the right: Black 2.0 . On top: my own blackest coal paint test stroke. But the coalpaint on that test stroke was only intended to make a black as dark as possible, it didn’t had to be a really useful paint at that moment. Now I made a durable black coal paint, that’s a whole different ratio pigment/binder. I really didn’t expected it to be as black as it is, it never was like this in my tests. So I am thrilled! I must have a real good batch of coal at this moment.

Mat zwarte staalkaartjes An Vanderlinden

Now, today, nov. 18, I’m waiting for Black 3.0 to arrive, it should be on his way to my studio. I’m really, really curious how black that paint will be.


May 18, fri : let the time go forward by going backwards: I can do that :-)

What do you do while waiting for the paint to be dry in orde to see the final colour of your paint?
In my case: walking backwards :-D. My physiotherapist told me I have to walk backwards every day for my back. I still suspect him of telling me to do so, only to make me look funny.


AnV background image