Friday, February 24, 2017

Now I Know

The neutral wash and veiling I used yesterday came from a mix of bright aqua green and vivid red orange. I was thinking ahead to wanting those colors in subsequent layers. Today I take those same colors and spread variations of them onto my textured surface with a palette knife.

Very enjoyable in the spreading, very appealing in my close-up detail photos.

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Not so appealing when I step back. Too sparse and patchy.

Just Kidding 22417 [working title]

So now I know what problems I've created to resolve tomorrow.

9 comments:

  1. I find the piece full of promise. The diagonal forms a dynamic composition, busy texture on the bottom, and more neutral and quiet on the top. Don't see any bright reds as yet? Thanks for the explanation of the veil color mix. You really got a very nice neutral gray there. I just love mixing grays, mainly use ultramarine + raw umber... have to experiment. Actually have to experiment more with my acrylic paints.. have developed some fear of them. Have mixed feeling today about some news I got,more in an e-mail, but I feel the urge to delve in.

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    1. Carol, I appreciate all your feedback re composition, busy/quiet, texture, and color mixing. Isn't the brown-gray fun? I'd originally reached for a tube of brown to mix with white, but a little nightlight sized bulb went on in my mind, reminding me that complements together make neutrals, and that using mixes of the same colors throughout a painting can unify and strengthen, so I made my own neutral and loved it!

      Can you identify what it is about your acrylics that has you shying away?

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  2. I think I still expect it to behave like oils. I need to get over it cause these small studies are best in acrylic.

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  3. This is great! Sparse and patchy is ok - still early in the painting process -The 'underpants' (a term Joan Fullerton uses for early layers of paint) are wonderful and you have given yourself lots of choices of where to go next. Neutrals are so important and you can see here that when you add colour to the neutral ground it really seems to sing. I tend to add pure colour a bit too soon in the painting process instead of working towards it. Love your 'scratching' back in to reveal some of the layers underneath. Looking forward to the the next steps.

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    1. Janet, your comments are such a gift, with their objective metacognitive slant, giving attention to artistic elements and visual language (such as 'underpants'!). I especially appreciated your discussion of the value of neutrals and working towards pure color. Thanks for sharing your expertise and offering encouragement!

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    2. I had to look up 'metacongnitive' - there better not be a test! Thank you for that . Not a lot of expertise, seems to be my focus these days - must be those workshop notes! Take care

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  4. I really like it. I agree that you are off to a great start. I love the diagonals, "hills" perhaps. Or maybe that is a huge hill in front coming to life. Love the hint of sun to come, that circular movment and light. But knowing you as I do, and knowing that your mind works so differently than mine... they are none of these things. Wonderous surprises await! So fun being in on your process, thank you Dotty :)

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    1. Sheila, our minds are actually quite in synch on this one :) That doesn't preclude our both being surprised by what might come next, of course. Till then, though, I love the diagonals, too, and the circular movement and light.

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