black in black

the black in black paintings are very hard to photograph, because of the different shades of matte and shiny blacks, and the 3D elements. watch the videos for a better impression of what is going on…

a stylized pill bug with decorative elements in various shades of black.
pill bug – acrylic paint, stucco (modeling paste), crochet elements, beads, nail polish, and ink on canvas, 30x30cm
video – pill bug
long stem art nouveay flowers on a partly striped background, in various shades of black.
art nouveau flowers – acrylic paint, stuart semple’s blackest black, stucco, crackle medium, and nail polish, on canvas, 30x30cm
video – art nouveau flowers

One of my first black in black painting was an experiment to try how different the blackest black is from regular acrylic paint.

painting of black art nouveau flowers on a deep black background
art nouveau flowers inverted – regular black acrylic stencil on a blackest black background, 30x30cm

A more advanced piece of work is black in black spider & lace, combining black acrylic paints, stucco paste, indian ink, tatted and crochet lace, and black varnish.

a black spider in a circle of crochet lace, with other lace elements around it. the whole painting is done in different shades of black.
black in black spider & lace
spider & lace video

the steampunk pill bug incorporates the clichée cogs and gears, but also tatted lace, different kinds of black and clear varnishes, and acrylic blacks, among other materials. and it has an evil, disgusting twin…

a stylised pill bug seen from the side, done in various black paints and materials, on a square canvas.
steampunk pill bug
steampunk pill bug video