August 28, 2019

The "new painting" is now titled "Gray with Red and Blue."

When I started this painting I had no idea how it would look.  The palette-triangles that I created (see previous blog post) were totally different from anything I had made before.

In a number of previous attempts, I had created palette-triangles similar to those used here, but the spots of color were too close together (almost like a pointillist painting).  Leaving more space between spots of color allowed the negative space to come forward and the color spots to form new shapes when reassembled.

July 19, 2019

Just starting to assemble a new painting. 

Creating the palette-triangles are the first step in how a finished painting will look.  So for this painting I am making palette-triangles from original paintings painted differently from previous ones.  Directional lines are still present, but color is applied in spots along the directional lines. In addition, the paint is applied transparently showing the character of the paper.

The true nature of the painting will become clear as the palette-triangles are affixed to meet seamlessly. 

July 11, 2019

Harmony in Green (30" x 10") is not just a "green" painting. Green is pervasive, and balances other colors. Sections of Harmony In Green shimmer like beetle shells. 

Even though Harmony in Green isseen here vertically, the painting can also be seen horizontally.  My paintings generally, can be seen as slices of much larger or infinite spaces, so viewing them in any direction should be pleasing.

May 31, 2018

Have been working steadily on Umbra. An unusual color palette for me.

The original color palette triangles have an india ink-"drawn" or "written" under layer placed in a vertical direction. That is countered by the horizontal direction of color. The india ink under layer emerges unexpectedly.

April 25, 2018

Okay.  While creating this painting I have been debating about the title.  At first it was Yellow/Shade, but that was not working.  Then, Yellow/Umbra, and that too didn't work for me. So now the new title is Umbra.  I think this works.  Titles for my paintings can be an agonizing process.  Usually a title or a sense of a title germinates as a painting is created.  

Even though Umbra has a yellow cast to it, for me, it is full of shadows. The color yellow does not suggest shadow, quite the opposite; but for me, Umbra has an underside or interior that is cast in darkness.

April 22, 2018

During the process of creating a painting, I struggle with the randomness and purposeful placement of colors.  Sometimes a color or pattern emerges and I strive to find a way to expand on that theme looking for these patterns in the "palette-triangles" that form each painting.

February 24, 2018

Here are details of a new painting that I am working on. The color in this painting is a departure from the blues of the Nocturnes I am usually drawn to.

I began experimenting with an under-layer of "writing" in Nocturne at Five (the painting created before this one). The "writing" is a counter point to the direction of color application. 

November 24, 2017

My current work in progress now has a title:

Nocturne at Five. As I was working on this painting, thinking of a title, it occurred to me that this painting is a continuation of the theme of nocturnes that I have been exploring.

Nocturne at Five, in keeping with other nocturnes, is primarily blue.  Different from other nocturnes (see detail below) a plethora of complimentary colors emerge. 

August 21, 2017

So exciting that Chroma with Black Veil sold!

The veil was in reference to my feelings about where our country is at the moment. That is about as political as my paintings ever get.  

Otherwise, it is all about color, movement, and process.

May 12, 2017

In the horizontal format, Chroma with Black Veil reads very differently than when viewing it in the square format.  A narrative is created when viewingChroma with Black Veil horizontally.

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