Continuing my work on this California themed painting, I am excited to make it a few steps further!
I am currently rewriting my artist materials, my artist statement, bio, etc. It has been a great help for me to make use of a fabulous book,
Art Write, by Vicki Krohn Amorose. Vicki helps the artist take the necessary steps of describing what we do as artists, breaking down the information into individual, succinct thoughts, and writing it clearly and intelligently. I am also finding that I am better able to describe who I am and what I do as an artist "on my feet" because of the clarity that has been brought to the surface through her well thought out exercises and prompts. I am truly grateful for this kind of professional assistance. Thank you, Vicki!
Be prepared to do some well rewarded work!
I started this painting before we left for Europe, and couldn't find the right angle to photograph it. Now I've got it. The work is inspired from the place I have lived all my life, and it is coming along nicely.
While I am painting, my mind is in a super creative mode and words that describe my process come to me as freely as the mixing of paint. However, they are only in my head, there and then gone, but they are great! I sound so brilliant to myself, so eloquent and succinct. So, my next step, while I am painting, if possible, is to some how break away from my painting and relay this very keen verbiage to myself by pen or recording, so that I can then relay it to you. And, you know, it's not really brilliant, but it's what I am thinking at the time, which really helps me discover what lies beneath the surface of creation, paint and canvas. I don't know if it is worth breaking the artistic moment so that I can explain what I am thinking while I am doing it. Anyone have any ideas?
I made some adjustments today on this panel that I feel really good about. I changed four of the color blocks on the outside edges, the more somber tones. Some of them were to bright, and there were too many greens. I didn't want them to dominate the tone of the overall painting. While I am writing I see the upper left square seems to draw my eye too much, but "in person" it does not. It sits there beautifully, just the way it is supposed to.
My next target, when the fresh paint has dried, is to soften the intensity of the blue square on the upper left below the gold tone. Its brightness draws too much attention, and I want it to set off the brighter, more clear hues in the center. The tones in the center need some adjustment as well.
This painting as well as Panel 2 are an exploration based upon Paul Klee's Bluehendes series. I must admit that I got a bit lost on these, but I love digging my way out, and learning to identify just how I choose to handle this situation based on my own sense of color.
By the way, it's great to be back home!
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