($40.00......6" x 6".....Water Soluble Oils on Gessobord)
Yesterday, I went totally abstract with no visible sign of a realistic image. Today, I tried to ride the fence and leave enough traces of my image to be recognizable. It is successful, but also more difficult to accomplish. A good word to describe this process is "jazz painting". That term has been used a lot in lettering and the whole process feels the same way to me.
I made no effort to "gray down" the sky color except for a bit of white added. It is pthalo blue and very intense. That one color choice gives the piece a lot of energy. The red / orange was "grayed" slightly with ult. blue so it also creates a hot combination with the blue. Add the gray of the the trees and the variations of green and the palette creates balance between the neutrals and the intense color.
Another strong contrast is the over blending in many areas to create extremely soft edges right next to a variety of hard edges. Soft and blurred edges will also cause the color to recede which adds a lot of depth.
One thing I am learning about painting this way is that it is extremely easy to overwork the piece. It is also good to work all over the piece rather than one small area. That keeps things from getting too tight. And there you have it...just a few more things to think about.
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