Panel 9 above
Before your very eyes is the beginning of the final panel for the "Urban Garden" series. I still need to complete this panel as well as panel 8, and then make some adjustments overall.
Sneak Preview below
I have casually hung the installation in my home to evaluate the balance and color harmony throughout. It is crooked and photographed with my iPhone in poor light here. Even so, it is so helpful to see it this way, to see the rhythms beyond viewing one panel at a time.
Things seem to be moving along. I am enjoying the rich, jewel tones in this panel and love the fact that I am getting close to completing this very engaging art piece. For me, it's like a good book that I don't want to come to the end.
Panel 8 is the inspiration for the entire painting of "Urban Garden". The remaining eight panels spin from this design which is very similar to an earlier painting that sold last summer titled "Wild Roses". I encountered the roses on a country walk along Santa Rosa Creek, and the painting is a tangible marker for me, a statement of self acceptance and celebration as well as a will for positivity.
This panel is completed for the present. I see some adjustments to be made, and yet it may hold together when hung with the grouping.
This is a time for patience on my part. I'll know what to do when the time is right.
I had a thought while painting today, my gratefulness of being creative, AND being able to express how I see life through my paintings, through exploring color. Color! We who have sight have such a delicious array of delight in our scope every single day. My paintings are prayers of gratefulness for the bounty of seemingly small and wonderful things that pervade our path.
The reds are really intense on my monitor, but very close in color match. Coming from a professional photography background, I can't believe what sharp, color balanced images one can get from an iphone. Thank you, Apple. When the painting is completed, I'll make certain that the final photos are all squared off, but this is so pleasing for now to be able to journal the process.
Panel 7, the lower left corner of the installation, introduces more verdant, lively vegetation and blooms, and a richer, deeper color palette. These blue-greens make me think of the shadowy leaves and thick growth of bushy plant growth.
I am enjoying painting this panel as it has a bit of a change up in the design. Just a little one. The colors are stronger and more varied as well. During a painting session, I try to remain in the present, not moving forward to the next panel's rhythm. Ok, stay here, Jill, you are on the middle, right panel where the idea is urban, shadows, plant life, earth.
I'm over the hump! Panel 5 is almost complete, and now Panel 6 is on it's way. The composition of the overall design is becoming more clear, and I am making some obvious adjustments and clean ups as I go. I am looking forward to getting more involved with this one.
Moving on from the discussion from yesterday's post. The bottom row is leading into a new depth for the painting as the next set of panels below ( numbers 7-9) will include a number of deep tones.
Luminous Color Explorations