“Waiting for Paint to Dry: A Painting in Progress”
I am working in the studio on several watercolors I started while in Charleston, South Carolina a few weeks ago. One is nearly finished and the other has a way to go. Both paintings are at decision stages and I am not quite sure where to take them so, I decided to change gears and dive into a large abstract painting to free up my thoughts.
The painting above is an acrylic on canvas. It is four feet by four feet which always forces me to loosen up. I started with a blank canvas covered with black gesso in order that I could have some linear effect with the black coming through in areas.
Abstraction, for me, always begins at a specific starting point; painting at random on a large canvas just doesn’t work for me. I began with a photo that I took and pulled it up in my computer through Photoshop where I zoomed in on the photo until the subject matter became hard to read. I found a composition I liked and adjusted the contrast and saturation until I had something I liked.
Bear in mind this would not be the end result. I ran the image through a projector via my computer onto the canvas. Since the canvas was black, the reflection of the image was not so great but I could follow the overall design and colors. I began painting which added another dimension though I still could not completely see what I was doing as it was quite dark. Yet I could see the solid shapes and forms of my paint and I paid more attention to the image and composition I was making independently of the projected image.
Consider the above process Step One. It is my starting point into abstraction. The rest is working with the elements of painting until I arrive at an image I like.
Step Two began with turning the studio lights on. I liked what I saw and continued working with the lights on.
The remainder of the painting will require some build up and layering of paint. I will also work for more intensity in color. I will also try my best to keep the painting unified which will be the difficult part….
Check back in for progress on this painting.
I added some lighter areas and color to liven things up a bit. I am not sure I like the new addition. But I am not finished and will go on tomorrow to add more overlays of darker colors and neutral grays. Unity is needed here and I am not sure how I will accomplish that.
This second photo is not very good – in that the newly added lights do not show very much detail. The subtleties of color in the light are not showing…
Check back later, Robert