Boy am I beat.
Yesterday was a long day. I drove a lot. I cried a lot.
Today will be crazy in a different way. We will be celebrating my baby boy’s 7th birthday.
Anticipating a little chaos, I woke up nice and early this morning to enjoy the silence and get a chance to paint.
Post #164 was me gushing over this new product I found, Splash ink. I’m still gushing. I absolutely love its fluidness, clarity & ease. The color is so crisp and clean. I just love it and decided to try it again.
For this piece, I cut out a whole bunch of circles from recycled cardboard boxes. I placed them on the paper and moved them around until I achieved a visual balance.
I then painted the background color. I wanted something tranquil and I knew I needed to put it down before I added other color, thus assuring they all flowed.
The rest was pure play. Like Kandinsky, enjoying the response I got from bouncing one color off another. Compliments, patterns, I spun the painting around and around adding color to all areas, one by one, until I found balance.
I’m proud of myself for leaving some white space. This is hard for me. For the first time, I had gotten to a place where the painting did not seem to need anything else. So I stopped. Again, big deal for me, I am more apt to keep going and paint it to death!
I think paying attention to the background first was key. It made me think differently.
I always add every color under the sun to my paintings and then freeze because I can’t figure out what’s left for the background.
I will keep this in mind for my still lives and other work. It could make a difference.
What’s funny, is I couldn’t decide which direction I liked best for this painting.
I guess that’s what’s great about it, I can enjoy both.
Have a great day everybody.