Surprisingly Exciting Close-up Photos of Paint Drying

Here’s a series of macroshots of paint drying, crackling, and peeling. Artist Phyllis Toburen says she “conceptualized a new genre of abstract art” and calls them Sculptural Enamel Paintings, delighting in the how her paints “lift off the canvas in planes, simulating how the Earth formed during its various geologic eras,” resembling canyons and mountains. Let’s not get that deep. Let’s just get a little closer. Just watch as the colors change hue. See the paint pool and bubble. Pretty, right?

Photo credit: Phyllis Toburen