Blue Gray Black WIP - larger version
This is a larger shot of the pic next door...
While I think it works in the close up, for me the larger version is not cohesive and I think needs more work. I think while these paintings may appear random and irregular... there has to be a sort of regular irregularity to them or they read 'mess' instead of interesting.
So I was in TJ Maxx looking for a basket thing to cook fish in on the grill and though I'd check out the clearance art section for damaged artwork I could buy and paint over.
There was this highly damaged 'painting' on wood (no frame, just a hanger in the back) about 3 feet by 4 feet and when I turned it over to see the clearance price I almost yelled 'Yipeeee!'
$2. I couldn't buy a canvas or a piece of wood that size for 5 times that much... So I bought it home, gessoed it and set about to painting a light sky blue and light (very very light) burnt umber background. It was actually very pretty. Very sky like... Heavenly actually. I almost let it be... but it wasn't quite there so I set about with the dripping, throwing and splattering.
I've run out of time and it's not done but I like it so far. Its got fine glass beads in one of the colors and mica in the gray. Not that that comes through in the photo.
I'm going to let it dry overnight and do a re-eval... I think it needs some punch. I've not been happy with paintings that don't have contrast and I'm not sure the black adds enough. But I'm leaving it be until tomorrow....