What little time I've had in the evenings has been spent throwing paint around. I've completed two mixed media abstracts that capture some of the power that color holds for me. This one is 19 x 19 - the one I'll post tomorrow or Saturday is 18 x 24. I let go and literally threw paint in the early stages of this one. From there it was a joy to just keep turning up the color volume, the contrasts, and the visual motion in these. I was not in doubt about what I wanted to do next on this one.
Click on the image to see a much larger version. Both this one and the next suffer serious loss of subtlety in the photos. The camera loses all the overlapping layers, especially in the next one, and the colors are flattened. It's one reason why originals are so much better than reproductions. But you can get the general idea and about 90% of the color intensity in this photo.
What I WANT is to paint this freely, but not abstracts. I have to somehow bring this level of freedom (and greater freedom yet - I'm still not letting go enough) to paintings with subjects. That's what I want to paint. Maybe the next two won't stay abstract...
>>>> Appendix de Grenouille #27 <<<< When I visit mon ami Senor Pesce in the winter, it is easier to see his eyes and mouth. In the summer, we converse through the screen of his lush purslane hair. Here you can barely see a little of his tail behind me.
As you might imagine, grenouille et poisson have much in common. Especially if neither likes the water. Steve's oldest, when he was tres petit, used to call these flowers buttercup coppers. La famille still does.