Tuesday, November 8, 2016

MOSTLY MONOCHROME, Day 2

I start my second Mostly Monochrome piece with a loose grid format using a variety of greens, and throw in a little sgraffito and spray-bottle-paint-lifting.

Then, time to cover it all up!

With the sgraffito as backdrop, I create a focused energetic swirl set in a relatively quiet sea of aqua green where I keep the subtle shifts in value and hue soft. Depth and movement come from what ends up looking like strands of seaweed when I use alcohol to lift off paint to reveal under-layers. Ghost scribbles running through and extending beyond the active space add to an overall watery impression and tie the different energy fields together.

I'm thinkin' I'm gonna grab me an inflatable raft and float on top of that lulling tropical water, let some small fry just beneath the surface tickle me with bubbles and nibble my toes.

Mostly Monochrome, start #2
Mostly Monochrome #2

6 comments:

  1. Hi,
    I have a Fire Kindle to replace my old B&A Kindle. So far it does recognize me Yay! I really love these monochromatic pieces. I feel that one can really learn a lot about color harmony with these exercises. I love the start as well, you really had courage to cover it. You are in "high school" and I am still in "kindergarten"

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    1. Thanks for your encouragement, Carol—I FEEL like I'm in preschool and don't know any of the kids and can't understand the teacher and forgot my backpack! But the combination of your comments and seeing this piece makes me take heart as I venture through my current lesson challenges.

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    2. You are way beyond pre-school!

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  2. This is so soothing to me. I am snorking or diving, and there is quiet all around me, and slow moving... something in front of me. Changing light, floating body. Serene. Love reading your convo with Carol. LOL

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    1. YES‚ soothing! I totally agree. Quiet all around but changing light and little critters or something making little swirls of energy—just enough to massage me, nothing to taking away the soothing spa-like floating.

      Fun convo w/ Carol. Speaking of being underwater, I really feel like I'm in way over my head with my current painting lesson! Are you still taking a workshop, too? I've missed you the past few days and I've missed seeing your art.

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