Color affects everything! My work is about color relationships and the energy that color can generate...paintings on silk and on canvas
Tuesday, April 12, 2011
Escaping boundaries and the snow
A long winter here in Vermont. I found some relief in my studio. This painting, 12x12, began with some hand made paper embedded in wax. The paper is dark and textured. it took me several days of study to determine my path in dealing with the darkness...Hmmmm, that statement has a bigger meaning than only with this painting.
This was taken April 6 as I looked out my studio window. A mad snow squall. The snow fury blocked out the light.
It was wondrous, amazing, and disrupting to my spirits and to my painting session. It even stopped my posting for several days. What! Can I blame my lack of posting to the snowfall?
When working alone, without a guide, it is important to challenge oneself. I decided I needed to do again the landscape of Maine coast. I used the same size canvas, 20x24, and sketched it out, and did some light layout of colors....thinking abstract.
After another session or 2, the painting now looks like this. It feels more finished, but I miss some of the colors of the first version. I think this photo doesn't quite bring it off....maybe it isn't finished...wonder what others think....
Bruce gave me a gift certificate for art supplies. Saturday we ventured to Burlington to spend the gift cert at Artists Mediums. The owner is very helpful in selecting new products. I picked out 2 new mediums which worked well with some powdered pigments I had already purchased but not used to their advantage yet. One was gold! I was inspired to add more pigment to this dyptick and feel it is much stronger now. It is still taped to the slate board, but I think it is resolved now.
Oh, by the way, the weather has warmed and the snow has receded...not gone from the yard but the garden has been released. I was happy that plants were coming up from last year, transplanted strawberries and hollyhocks, but then was visited by deer who nosed out the swiss chard...darn!