“Look. but Don’t Touch!”
Geesh. That just spoils the enjoyment and fun doesn’t it? But, that’s what most galleries and artists tell you when viewing their art works on display.
Touchable Art Brings Enjoyment
I love sculptural effects in paint.
I collect and use many types of papers. I love feeling the different surfaces. Some are silky, some like velvet, yet others are like burlap.
And canvases are the same way.
Once the paint is slathered on, I have the compulsion…. To feel it, not just look at it.
But, that is a no go zone in nearly all the galleries.
I do see their point.
They can’t have bubble gum stuck on paintings willy nilly!
Usually, with my most of my own work, I do encourage people to touch it. It helps them connect, to relate.
It makes them Happy.
Isn’t that what art is meant to do?
It is one of my primary reasons for creating art.
Touch is ….. ‘More’
Touch is on a totally different level than ‘just looking!’ Somehow, when we add touch into the mix we add to our experience of art.
The More senses we involve, the more we can be in tune with the art work.
How often do we touch the fabric of the dress in the shops?
Or the loaf of bread, the watermelon in the store?
and How about the Fabriano Rough cotton watercolor paper….Does it feel ‘right’ to us?
When it does, we like it, we connect.
Textural Technique Samples
These examples of paintings’ details show a variety of techniques.
All filled with texture, some extremely sculptural. All very fun, very touchable.
Bringing the art experience to a different level.
Just a little bit…. More.
Textures of Morning Kiss for Monet. A beautiful blend of both silken smooth and rough, troweled on textures.
This contrast… is wonderfully intriguing.
It does make me pause to reflect.
About what kind of art experience, I am giving to the viewers.
When seeing a textural, sculptural artwork the viewer often will ‘lean’ in.
Even if the art is on a computer screen.
I’ve found myself doing this.
I find myself becoming quite engaged, with the image below. With its deep crevices and mountains, streaks and layers.
Using molding paste and impasto medium with both watercolor and acrylics, is a method I use to help create more texture.
The viewer engagement is so much higher when there is textural effects included as part of the design.
It is another thing to consider.
Art that is textural, sculptural engages us More.
Touchable art connects with us, relaxes and soothes.
And, just makes us feel ….happier.