Sunday, April 8, 2012

"The Triumphant Processional"

($60.00......6" x 6"....mounted on a 1.50" depth clayboard)

"Easter is the triumphant processional celebrating the resurrection of Jesus Christ." All of the color in the flowers, the eggs, the dresses, the hats point to a celebration of the greatest gift ever given to mankind.

This piece is a photo montage of greenery with one lily adhered to a support with erratic pencil lines and writing. After this thoroughly dried, the pouring medium was added with most of it applied in a thin, watercolor technique with some thick medium and marbling at the bottom. It was very important to leave a lot of space with very little detail since there is much going on in the image. It gives the eye a rest and the viewer will not be so quick to turn away. Visual overload and bad design are the number one reasons why an artist cannot keep the viewer engaged.

Even though the lettering may be a bit difficult to read on a computer screen, it is quite clear in the original. I chose not to use pure white for the lettering, but added just a tiny, tiny bit of Cerulean Blue Gouache to tone it down a bit. The robin's egg blue color at the top is achieved by graying down turquoise and adding a bit of that to a ton of white. It really is quite lovely with the Golden Green Gold color mingling together with it in the pouring medium.

This is a good time to also talk once again about positive and negative space. If the two are close to being equal, with the positive taking up a bit more than the negative, there is a bit of drama and it is pleasing to view. If there is not a lot of detail in the positive space, you can create a lot of drama by having the positive image taking up at least two thirds of the design space. Just a few more things to think about.

Please contact me personally to inquire about this piece.

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