MONTAGUE, Mich.—An artist whose work is now on display at White River Gallery says a standout piece that wound up in the 2013 Muskegon Museum of Art Regional Show developed by accident.
“Ruins of Ireland” is a departure from William Randall’s usually bright palette. The artist says the piece was born out of outdated, thick house paint and two years of sitting in basement storage. Randall says when he put the pudding-like house paint to canvas, it created a sour smell, so he moved the piece to storage. When he dug up the piece two years later, Randall found the thick paint had cracked, creating a stone-like surface.
“I added stones to the foreground and added colors to sort of make it look like twilight in Ireland. That was a lot of ‘accidental painting,’” he said. “My work developed apart from my planning.”