I decided to challenge myself to pick my favorite(s) so that I could find the common link between them, and hopefully replicate the situations. These three pieces seem, right now, to be the closest to something that I could call a favorite.
The top is a quick painting that I did at a rest stop in either Idaho or Montana… I think it was Idaho. I used acrylics, and I remember the day was really hot and dry, so the paints dried super quickly, forcing me to make quick (hopefully quick = honest) decisions.
The middle is a collage on panel that I created last Spring/Summer on the Cedar River in Renton. Again, I used acrylics, but I doubt that speed was a factor here… although the quicker drying time allowed for more layering of materials. I really feel that limiting my palette to the wood color of the panel, the colors of the tissue paper, white, black, and clear acrylic had something to do with the success of this piece.
Finally, the bottom piece is a preliminary sketch I did for a commissioned piece. The clients wanted cobalt blue and a red – orange to compliment their newly remodeled home’s decor, so again, I had a limited color palette. This piece was done on – site as well, but I let myself see the differences in light and shadow… some shapes were very foreign and hard to distinguish, but I like the softness and unassuredness of the painting, given its subject is so rigid. This is a lumber yard/industrial area up in Kenmore.
I find myself attracted to really ugly, manmade things. I really hope the subjects of my paintings will end up looking like morbid, deformed, unwanted things. I definitely keep the world a little too “pretty” right now, so hopefully my next post will be more HONEST. I don’t know why I am afraid to put my dark, sometimes negative perspective in my art, but I think I should. This post has been helpful. I definitely think I need to paint on – site, with low brow, low pressure materials, and I should definitely not edit the piece after I get it home. THOUGHTS?