I saw a phrase on a bottle of wine describing the contents - "fruit forward". I have adapted the phrase to COLOR FORWARD to describe the work that I am trying to do in painting. This most recent portrait (oil on canvas - 20"x16" - 10-27-2014) illustrates it pretty well. No more searching for perfect skin tones. I want color - gobs of color. Yeah, there is a lot of orange and green in this. Cadmium green is my new "go to" green. As far as I am concerned, painting is all about color. And, oh yeah, I'm going to move the nose a little to the right. What do you think?
For several years now, I have just been posting images of my paintings without writing much about them. I think I need to change this. I need more writing. I haven't done much writing because I never thought of myself as a writer and imagined that my paintings spoke for themselves. But they probably don't, at least on the internet. I may start a whole new blog where I discuss color or try to figure out what the point of art is. The attached images are four 6" square paintings that I am working on. They are a departure for me - into the realm of abstract - with no source material outside of my own mind.
Comment if you think you know what the point of art is. Ann
RESURRECTION - WATER SHIELD #119 & #120
oil on linen 6"x6"
2014 These two little paintings are the last in this particular series of 6"x6" pictures of the lily pads in autumn. I am continuing to paint in the genera but next I will be doing some abstract works and some close up pictures of dead things on the beach.
RESURRECTION - WATER SHIELD #115 & #116
oil on linen 6"x6"
This series is all about finding color and beauty in unexpected places. The water shield is a little floating plant in a pond near my house. I paint these pictures because I want to show everyone the beauty that I find there.