I am enjoying working with these new, rich tones that imply shadows, concrete, brick, plant life, sky. I'll need to repaint the green square on the left. Some paint lifted when I pulled up the tape. I'll do that at the end of the project.
I made a few changes, and eliminated the upper left pink as well all the third row pink, and then strengthened the red on the bottom right. This panel is done for now until I make adjustments on the 9 panels as a whole prior to completion.
"Urban Garden" is a 60" x 60" installation of 9 panels.
Panels 3 and 4
The small green patch on the left is taking its time to dry, keeping me from being able to mask for the block next to it. If I attempt it to soon, the paint will come up with the masking tape. Below is the first pass on Panel 4. As you can see this area has deeper tones than panels 1-3.
Panels 2 and 3
In Panel 2 above, the upper pink square really bothers me, and it doesn't resolve itself in the total design. I will definitely make an adjustment here. The image below of Panel 3 shows the more of the process of the application of the paint.
I think I'm going to hold any further work on this panel until I see how the panel beneath it develops. Panel's 1, 2 and 3 are close to being completed, so Panels 4 & 5 will soon be in process. Thank you for viewing!
Panel 2 and Panel 3
The paintings are progressing. I am enjoying the green at the bottom of panel 3 below.
Today was a beautiful day. I went to a memorial service for a great man in our community. He gave and gave and gave. It's inspiring to hear of hard working people who are intoxicated by life and love. Love of people, love of community. I want to remember everything that was said, and more than that, to emulate his habits and kindness.
Showing this image kind of feels like standing outside in my underwear. I mean, you can see ALL of the imperfections. You can see that I am indeed exploring, that I don't know what's going to happen with my little plan until I execute it. I'm going to need to adjust some of the colors and at least one value, and actually some colors will make more sense when I lay down the next adjacent colors. It sometimes feels like I am working blindly, because I can't plan it perfectly ahead of time. I need to wait until the paint dries before I can lay down the next block of color. It's a matter of throwing my ego out the window and accepting the process of 2 steps forward, 1 step back.
In these images one can see the grid and the masking for the design. I measure the composition with my straight edge that I have had since photography school at Brooks Institute. The "notes" on the canvas are a guide for possible colors that I could use, and that are often changed; they help me to progress into a direction of the feeling that I want to convey. Paint is applied with my Holbein #2 painting knife. I love the introduction of the red here.
The introduction of Panel 2 - I painted 9 squares each both yesterday and today. With masking each side of each square it takes an unbelievable amount of time to create these gems, and stranger still, I very much enjoy the tedious process. More tomorrow.
Happy to paint today and get started on this idea I've had for a while to paint a 60" x 60" installation consisting of 9 20" x 20" panels.
Panel 1 is the upper left hand corner of the composition. For the work as a whole, I have the sky in mind, as well as architecture and plants in bloom. I'm thinking a lot of how I want the painting to come across, how I want it to feel to the viewer. I plan out a simple road map that usually takes a diversion, and will need some adjustments. You can see some notes to self on the various tiles of the painting. See you tomorrow.
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