Saturday, August 18, 2012

"Sparkling Life"

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

"Sparkling life moves parallel to darkness and gives birth to grace." Everyone has encountered periods of darkness in life. This is a quote and a visual showing the sparkling life called "grace" during those times.

The very heartbeat of abstraction is capturing the essence of an image or concept without showing all of the detail. Abstract means to summarize. Abstract Expressionism goes a step further and aims at a subjective emotional expression of an ideal rather than a picture of a physical object. It is nonrepresentational.

What I have been doing with my "moving color" pieces is to land somewhere between being a colorist and having a line engraving or graphic element to ground the piece and tone down the power of all that moving color. A very good way to learn how to use color is to pretend you are a "colorist" and design pieces using color with absolutely nothing else added.

The act of doing this will eliminate all of the other design decisions that could come into play and help you focus on color shapes, color percentages, and different techniques of applying the color. Besides pouring medium, some very nice effects can be achieved by layering with thin glazes of color...using a brayer, palette knife, or adding mediums to the paint to create textured color. And if any of you will be involved with the upcoming exhibit..."Visual Rhapsody", this would be a good time to do a piece consisting only of color. And there you have it...just a few more things to think about.

Please contact me personally to inquire about this piece.

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