I actually stumbled across the technique I used to paint this painting several years back during a college art class. I painted a three panel final project using this technique. And then I painted over it two years later when I thought I was tired of it. I don't regret the painting I got out of painting over that piece (wonderful pre-textured surface for what I wanted), but I do regret losing the original. This new piece has no similarities in color, but it does follow the basic scheme of what I did years ago.
Only this time I think it's cooler.
Painted using acrylics on a 24" x 24" x 1 3/8" stretch canvas. There are roughly ten layers of paint (3 base layers, each manipulated to enhance texture and then allowed to dry, and roughly 6-8 layers of the final surface painting), giving the canvas remarkable amounts of texture to both the eye and the touch. Paint has been allowed to drip down the sides of the canvas, giving the painting a raw, yet finished feeling since the sides have been painted black so there is no need to frame it unless you want to.
Painting is signed, titled and dated by me on the back of the canvas so as not to delineate a "top" or "bottom." It is completely up to you. I painted it so the "top" for me started with the white, but that's just my preference--it can be hung from all four sides. You could even hang it from one of it's corners if you wanted to.