Thursday, August 23, 2012

"Color Conversations"

($40.00.....6" x 6"....mounted on a 1/8" depth clayboard panel)

"Colors have conversations in every piece of artwork." If you are an artist and you think of colors having conversations, it will help you in your color placement and decisions. Some pieces have quiet conversations and in other pieces, the colors are constantly interrupting and everything is chaos...very much like all of us when we're talking, talking, talking etc.

In using a technique like pouring medium...the way the color is applied to the paper from edge to edge accomplishes a lot of the color placement issues for you. You can then make a few more changes when you crop your final piece.

In a technique like the one used in today's piece, it is quite a different story. After mono printing your rice paper, the papers are then adhered to a support. (In this case, it is 140 lb. HP) When I cropped the piece from a larger sheet, there was the large blue shape on the right, but there was no connection with the other half of the piece other than the text collage done in the first layer.

In order to have both sides of the piece actually have a conversation, it was quite necessary to adhere a piece or two of the blue to the left side. That keeps the conversation going and also keeps your viewer engaged in your piece. The eye is always...always...looking for connections and so the visual artist must have these echoes of color running through the design. Also notice that the Gold Orange (Holbein Acryl Gouache) is also entering the conversation along with the silver leaf. It's a whole new way of viewing color and I hope it helps you consider what kind of conversations are happening in your own artwork. And there you have it...just a few more things to think about.

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