Thursday, August 16, 2012

"A Quest"

(125.00.....5" x 5"......mounted on a 1/8" depth clayboard panel....floated on a linen mat in a custom frame.)

"A quest to know begins with a desire to listen." A quest means to seek something. To seek to know something requires that the seeker of the knowledge listen. But listening means infinitely more than auditory listening. It also means to act on what is read or heard.

The one other color in this piece besides black and white is Green Gold (Golden). It is one of my favorites not only because of its hue, but because it's transparent. It creates a bit of a glow and any lettering created with pencil in the first layer will show through if the pour is not too thick.

I broke up the surface tension of a large black shape by adding collage with a flourished overlay. The principle here is that any line work crossing over one or more shapes in a piece will integrate it to the previous layer, but only if the color of the previous layer is echoed.

Notice, also, that all of the corners are designed which keeps the eye from wandering out of the design space. And this piece was totally inspired by an interior room with only these colors. If you want drama, just try black and white plus one other color and the drama will be there. The only exception is if the color is too close in value to black or too light to contrast with white. Red is always a good option since red, white, and black have historically been a top choice for many illuminated manuscripts. It's also good to vary the percentages of each color to avoid monotony. And there you have it...just a few more things to think about.

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