Monday, November 14, 2016

MOSTLY MONOCHROME, Day 6

I love painting up a sheet of monochromatic color, wandering around intuitively with my brush to layer, mix, blend, and partner up various hues, tones, and saturations. I just happily fall into the wide open space of the universe.

Eventually I blink, or the phone rings, or I can't locate a particular brush, and I find myself back on earth. So I step back and take a moment to activate the analytical. I stayed very basic and playful with this piece. Wanted to see what would happen if I added a skinny little bit of complementary collage.

What happened was the painting lost some of its depth, I think because the collage was literally and visually sitting starkly on the surface. I went back in with pastels to give everything increased texture, and that brought back some of the depth, but in the end I think this piece needs a little more attention.

Or, it'll make cool collage paper for a future project.

Mostly Monochrome—start #6
Mostly Monochrome #6

7 comments:

  1. Wow, what a brilliant start. That certainly has lots of depth... can travel slowly around the calm atmosphere. The green/aqua path gives it movement as well. I think the yellows take away the depth more than the path. You'll find the solution!
    What a co-incidence. My current lesson has to do with monochromatic, or almost, color studies and color field paintings.

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    1. Carol, thanks for your feedback. I've officially completed my workshop (though my posting of same will stay in progress through the remainder of this lesson plus the final one), so now I can press pause internally to see what I will do next. I'm eager to see your nearly-monochromatic color and color field paintings.

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    2. First batch didn't come out so good. :( May photograph or scan to post.

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  2. Indeed, we can always tear up and use it to make something new ;-) I still like this experiment though! And I like the 'universe' in the monochromy!

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    1. Simone, thanks for your comments. No telling what the life of this piece will be. I did tidy up my studio yesterday for the first time in probably 11 weeks, and I have all the pieces from the JD100 workshop together (in a stack!) on top of the bed in a spare bedroom (too bad when guests come to visit!).

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  3. Love the start, feels like floating in a warm, calm sea. The second has awesome textures and I really like it, but it does veer of the path you were on (depth). Still, great things are ahead for this piece because it is in the hands of Dotty Seiter :)

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    1. Thanks for your feedback and your faith in me! Right now, the hands of Dotty Seiter have put this in the completed-the-lesson-and-completed-the-whole-workshop pile where it is likely to remain for goodness only knows how long.

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