Saturday, June 2, 2012

Breaking The Ice


New Beginnings
I woke up this morning thinking Payne's Gray (my favorite black), Alzarin Crimson, Hooker Green, Cobalt Blue or Ultramarine(?), lots of white. Mix up a tinted gray--maybe some Umbra?  After two suduko puzzels on my iPad procrastinating beginning, I descended the stairs and just picked up my palette knife and started mixing those colors on a little canvas that happened to fall off the shelf when I straightened up a bit.
Playing around  with color on the side.

Instead of pulling out the canvas I had in mind, a three feet by five feet gallery, I pulled out a 30 x 40. It was big enough for something I wasn't sure was my kind of painting. I sprayed the ground with water and using a sponge laid in the med dark sections. I then decided to let the paint run,  for the rivlets would divide the canvas more naturally than I would with a ruler and pencil.--this is not a painting to be constructed mechanically. Plus rain equals rivlets. Now I'm siting here and waiting for my initial  wash to dry and playing around with the little canvas (8 x 10) that I used to mix the gray on. I haven't incorporated all the colors used  for the gray, but I will. As I worked,  I kept thinking about Clyfford Still's work, even though there's nothing pastel about it, but has a lot to do with pattern and the spacial effects of color.

For now, I like John Simlet's title from the comment he left on my last post . Rain Forest is quite appropriate. Thanks John.

Clyfford Still. Not the Naples yellow spot on the right, but
no where else. I couldn't leave it like that.



14 comments:

  1. But where am I going from here? As usual, I will feel it out till it takes on its own life and starts dictating.

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  2. Feeling flattered at 'rain forest' ... I'll wait to see how how it evolves before making fool comments :0)

    The reason I never tried paints is simple ... if I had time to try paints I'd use it on copper-smithing. I never work with metal any more and I do miss it.

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    1. If not now when? That JFK's speech writer's line was a hell-of-a-truth. I say it all the time when I know I'm not doing something I want to. It gets me off me @#&!

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  3. Hola Linda. Mi color negro favorito también es el gris de payne, es muy útil para todo lo que sea oscurecer o pintar directamente con él. ¡Un abrazo!

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    1. Es como un negro hermoso que hace de un azul fabuloso. En los días nublados lo vemos a nuestro alrededor. Pertenece a nuestras gamas de colores.

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  4. Paynes' gray is such a fantastic color. I love New Beginnings already.

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    1. Well it's not something to love yet. It's just a start--notes of where the darks form the basis for a composition. I think I'm going to call it Rain Forest.

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  5. Hi Linda, I like the "play-time" already. And I know I couldn't leave that lonely spot of Naples yellow all by itself either.

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    1. I do think Kathryn that a playpainting is a good thing to have next to the work you take more seriously. It decreases the tensions that build up with the constant wondering of what is your next move? Plus it has the potential of being the better of the two paintings. over thinking can take the life out of paintings.

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  6. Interesting how you wake up in the morning bubbling with good ideas :-) These are all looking good already .

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    1. Well not so good, just a start Jane--marks made on a pristine white canvas to break the ice. We'll see what happens next session and the session after that before making any judgement.

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  7. Hi Linda, I really like how this beautiful work started. I do not know whether for you is over, but in my opinion it looks so nice, I would not touch it again. Ciao!

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  8. Hi Linda, I really like how this beautiful painting started. I do not know whether for you is finished or not, but to me is so nice, that I would not touch it again. Ciao!!

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