The plan for this painting is to use deeper, somber hues contrasting with brighter, more clear hues. Although I have always been a colorist, I am learning more and more about color with each project that I take on. The trick about mixing somber hues is to mix only two colors if possible in order to avoid the dreaded muddy colors. The rich bue-green on the upper right is a mix of Cerulean and Terra Rosa. It is super beautiful. Grays are something that I am enjoying more and more, and generally I mix a warm gray using Yellow Ochre and French Ultramarine with white. The black on the upper left is a mix of French Ultramarine and Terra Rosa. I have never used black out of the tube. Why? From my landscape painting training (School of Light and Color), it just never fit into my palette. However, when I want a very dark "color" I mix my own. I mixed a little Yellow Ochre into the white for the white square, (the 3rd painted square down on the right side) as I think I will prefer it to be a bit warmer with the color composition.
Panel 9 above
Panel 9 has come to completion. In fact, the entire painting has come a point of completion, and it has been such a rich, fulfilling experience. Thank you for allowing me to share it with you!
Urban Garden takes me to place in a large city environment where the architecture is tall, and one has to look way up to see the sky. The buildings cast shadows, the sun filters through, and every once in a while we see a beautiful garden, alive and lush, strong, thriving. (This image was taken with my iphone, and lacks proper lighting. I will have it properly photographed before it goes up on my web site collection.)
Panels 7 and 8
The paintings for the installation are almost completed. It gives me a very peaceful, wistful feeling, and at the same time, the plan for the next pair of paintings is fixing in my mind. Presently, I am reworking some of the blocks for color and chroma adjustment.
Panels 8 and 9
I have missed some painting days, and although I always try to be good natured, it can make me a little irritable and distracted to miss painting days. Things usually work out pretty well though, because the time away from painting tends to give me more clarity and "better seeing". It is good for me to be patient both with myself as well as with the flow of the creation process. The elements that each day brings contribute to the content and quality of an artist's work. Even so, I still prefer to paint nearly every day.
Panel 7 sits at the lower left corner of the painting. I believe I will change the lower white square to a deeper hue as the lower corner doesn't seem to need that openness that the white provides. I really like the chroma of the right vertical color blocks.
Luminous Color Explorations