As you know I have been working and moving towards brighter color in this latest artistic "growth spurt". In a time of growth and change for an artist it is important to spend some time considering what parts of the previous work is still valuable to you and where you want to grow and change a bit. FOR ME, keeping the pattern and texture is very important, but moving towards brighter colors is where I believe I'm headed.
Rock Cliffs (sold)
In this new layer painting I've added lots of paper as you can see. You can ALSO see that I've changed my mind about which bluff I wanted to add at the top...ha...it's just vine charcoal, so no biggie. You can see the colors I've chosen and the design coming together for the cactus and where I am including my extra texture element in the life spiral paper cast.
There is going to be a road with Texas blue bell's (I believe) in the center and on the sides like are in so many Texas landscapes.
Here you can see I've begun to add color to the bluff after adding texture and painting the sky.
This painting will be much like my other "layer paintings" as I call them. My layer paintings are taking bits and pieces of scenes in and around the area and layering them into a composition as I move down my support. Remember these two?
Colorado Layers (sold)
Mt. Evans was the focus
Nebraska Layers (sold)
a farm cilo I drive by on my way to Nebraska
note the Grant Wood influence here...FUN!
SO, on I go...working my way down the support for this Texas Layer Painting...
FOR FUN the other day I sat in and played with some local artists at the AAR RIVER GALLERY in Westminster. Susan Schmitt; one of my inspirational artists was teaching a fun stamp making class. Now, I know how to make stamps, BUT, it is important to mix and be with other artists...it keeps that inspiration moving right along!
My stamps! FUN DOINS!