Friday, August 3, 2012
As part of my efforts to restore balance to my little universe, I have decided to TRY to do one painting exercise each day(or night). I recently read that painting on top of ANY color is preferable to painting on a white canvas. So, I'm experimenting with different ground colors and I have to say that I feel that the ground color adds a whole new dimension to a piece. Photographs cannot do full justice for the most part; (mine can't at least:)) and I feel that painting over a plain white canvas leaves my finished pieces looking rather clinical. So....this is a painting that I have now done oh four or five times. it's from a picture from an old calendar. It's comforting, when I'm starting up again after a long break from art, to start in a familiar place ie: the painting or drawing that I've repeated over the years. This time I started with a violet ground, and I am pleased with the outcome.
This is my style for sure. This painting is so satisfying to me partly because of the balance of colors. I have a thing for cadmium red:) The piece is warm (even though it is also a winter scene) and cool at the same time. It was taken from a painting by Hashim Akib.