Back to abstracts again! Here's a new painting called "So Many Worlds". When I started this painting, I was aiming to create something with a happy optimistic feeling, that was primarily yellow, with beautiful greens, blues and purples, using a circle design, and a dark band at the bottom. And of course it was supposed to conform to all or almost all of the design criteria I learned from my art instructors over the years.
I started with a blank canvas and a piece of charcoal. I sketched out the circles and a line at the bottom in charcoal, and squeezed the paints out of the tubes onto my palette. Then I picked up my palette knife, and started applying paint to the canvas.
When the painting was well underway, it came to resemble worlds and planets. I thought of my children (boys, ages 4 and 6) and the lives they have ahead of them. They will have so many opportunities, so many "worlds" to seek out and explore (figuratively and maybe literally too). I decided to name it "So Many Worlds", and carved these words into the thick oil paint. If you click on the image, you can enlarge it and you should be able to make out some of the letters and or words near the boat shaped image with the 3 circles.
This painting has lots of texture, and when you see it in person, the paint glows. Viewing it on a computer screen just isn't the same. To give the paint that glow, I used a "medium" (something that you mix into the paint) called Res-n-gel by Weber. According to Weber, the gel makes colors more transparent and "adds brilliant gloss". I agree!
What do you think? Please leave me a comment. If you want to see the painting in person (and check out that special glow you can't see on the screen) please email me and stop by!
Friday, December 12, 2008
"So Many Worlds"
"So Many Worlds", Oil on canvas, 24"x32", Available