Saturday, February 2, 2013


($100.00......8" x 10".....Water Soluble Oils on Gessobord)

"Resting is never easy." If you've ever tried to rest when you have a lot of deadlines, you will understand this quote perfectly. It requires intentional effort to relax your mind long enough to allow for quiet meditation and prayer. It does help to jot down the things you need to do and assign a specific time and date to get them done. According to David Allen, (Getting Things Done)...our minds continue to go around in circles until we have a time slot for everything.

This piece falls in the category of gestural landscape. That's what I'm calling my contemporary landscape paintings. They all begin with horizontal bands of color. In this case, I have chosen a yellow and purple palette. The purple tones are very diluted with the complement and have varying values. The yellow, too, is diluted with a bit of purple. By using a limited palette, and the same colors to mix all of these color notes, you will have a very successful and harmonious color scheme. 

My purpose in wanting to rid myself of even more detail is to bring in gestural lines and marks. The lettering was written with a pencil the gestural lines. The beauty of this is that the gestural lines integrate very well with actual writing. I did do some deconstruction by writing the quote (with sharpened mechanical pencil) and then using a palette knife to go through parts of it to obscure the lettering. If you're careful about what you wish to is possible to still read the quote without it looking too contrived.

I even followed my instinct to do a bit of finger painting in this one. (with latex gloves on, of course) A very fun way to spend a Saturday! And there you have it...just a few more things to think about. 

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