Numbers on Paint

Numbers on Paint combines structed color fields in the background and scattered numbers on the surface creating an interesting juxtaposition for this abstract artwork.
Numbers on Paint by Kimba Livesay
Kimba Livesay, Numbers on Paint, Oil and Ink on Canvas 14x14x.5, 2023. In Private Collection.

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Close up of abstract art, Numbers on Paint by Kimba Livesay

 

Paint by Number Kits

When I was a kid, I was given many Paint by Number kits. I hated them. The numbers were small, there was very little paint, and most of all a set structure of what the painting would become. For me, it was futile. I stockpiled the little paint cups and made my own random and wonderful creations. Numbers on Paint is reminiscing of these kits because it combines structure and the arbitrary.

Numbers on Paint Abstract Painting

The background on Numbers on Paint is done in the style of Mark Rothko, who created a technique called colored fields. Oil paint is diluted until it is the consistency of watercolor and then layered onto the canvas. It’s very time consuming because oil paint takes a long time to dry. This painting has 4 color fields and took 3 months to create. The ink numbers are randomly scattered across the canvas and took two days to add to the painting. I love the juxtaposition of the control of the color fields to the random and scattered number placement.

 

Abstract Art Numbers on Paint by Kimba Livesay Photo 1
Kimba Livesay, Numbers on Paint, Photo 1, 2023

 

Abstract Art Numbers on Paint by Kimba Livesay Photo 2
Kimba Livesay, Numbers on Paint, Photo 2, 2023

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