Jim Kuehne

“Layered Painting Series” The one word that defines my life of creativity is “Experimental”. I get ideas in my head and I have to try them out. I don’t have anything in my head that tells me “This has to be done That way, and That has to be done This way”. The Layered Painting series began with an idea on how I could express dance and movement in a new way. The idea was to put varying positions of a dance on top of each other. First tried sketching on paper. That didn’t work. The aha moment was to layer slightly changed positions on top of each other with a space between them.. But how to do that? That initial dance experiment wasn’t very successful but it opened up a world of possibilities using the “Three Dimensional Effect”. I learned to paint on plexiglass, to use shadowbox frames and spacers to separate the sheets of plexus and I then went on to explore the technique with various subjects. I painted realistic, abstract, architectural, people, a nude, a portrait and even a sports piece. I entered one into a juried show took the honorable mention second place. With each piece I discovered something new, both in the result and in the execution. The cool ability to see underneath layers and behind things. I had to learn how to “de-paint” or take paint off so that you could see the paintings beneath better. My favorite effect are the cast shadows of upper layers onto lower layers. I had an acquaintance who would let me buy a big sheet of plexiglass and he would cut it up for me into the smaller sizes I needed for the paintings. Unfortunately I moved away and I never looked up a place who would do that for me again. Should I revisit it? What da ya think?