Particle Trails, Acrylic on Canvas

I find something very calming in blending and clean lines. I don’t know what it is, but during times of struggles, especially with my mental health, little has a more positive impact on me than painting.

It’s not easy, my hands are pretty well knackered, the joints have trouble holding together without the assistance of tape when doing things like this, but the pay off for the positive calmness of creation is immense.

One of my favourite things to paint is particle trail-inspired tracks on space-like landscapes. Blended blues, blacks, whites into a deep and sombre emptiness.
Inspired by NASA’s Astrology Pics Of the Day, I’ll load up a canvas and ragroll and blend for hours. Working and reworking the paint until I find pause to go ‘that’s it!’

Over the blend goes chalk outlines; swirls and spirals, lines darting off in this direction and that. I don’t always follow them but it’s a good guide to have, showing me where the canvas should be loaded with activity and where it should be empty. 

Over the chalk goes acrylic ink to set a clean outline and add some boldness, gently going over and over, layering and building it to stark white streaks.

Lastly comes the white acrylic. Using a fine brush I go over everything, making the contrast as high as I can, adding artefacts to emulate stars, planets, and debris.

While the end result may not always be true to the actions of observed particles, the process is a soothing blessing, if a challenge in itself.


Some additional paintings in this style