Saturday, December 12, 2015

Standing Roadside by a Saltwater Marsh

I do love to travel while I paint. Today I go by paintbrush back down Route 133 to stand beside the saltwater marsh across from Farnham's in Essex, MA. That's where I left off in medias res yesterday.

I continue to play with my rudimentary understanding of negative painting. Instead of painting a marsh in the background and then trees on top of that to create the foreground, I use a subtractive approach; I fill a page with color and then "take away" some of that color by covering spaces around and between simple, distinctive shapes that, in this case, become trees.

Part of the fun for me is just having a go at it. I don't follow instructions or do any research. I try one thing and see what happens. Then I try another thing. And another.

God willing and the creek don't rise, I'll bring whatever I learned experientially today to the next negative painting I do.

Across from Farnham's
7x5", acrylic, ink, and oil pastels on watercolor paper
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  1. It's fascinating to read bout negative painting. I LOL at your last sentence. My buddy at Trinity always says, "Good Lord willing and the creek don't rise" when we part. M

  2. Isn't negative painting intriguing? I love having some basic ideas about it in my repertoire; it's expanded my options in how I approach my art these days. Glad you enjoyed the creek-don't-rise closing!

  3. It sounds indeed very intruiging, and it is wonderful how you learn by doing and just try things out!

    1. Simone, thanks for your support. More and more I play with learning by doing and just trying things out—a departure from my more typically cautious, plan-ahead, don't-make-mistakes approach. I'm on a roll these days, trying this and that with abandon, figuring things out—or NOT—as I go along. I am so grateful to have embarked on this painting adventure which is, of course, a life adventure. I thank you again for being a shining light for me in experimenting and playing with paint.