Wednesday, February 29, 2012

WHERE'S WALDO?

THE CLAN #11

Well, maybe not Waldo, but can you find my Clan in this painting?  This is an abstract painting as opposed to a non-representational painting, because the shapes are abstracted from my original image.  This is the only way I can successfully create what appears to be no recognizable subject.  I have to start with something.  This way, I can design my shapes, create a value plan,  decide what textural materials I wish to work with, pick a limited palette and then see what develops.  There are still plenty of surprises but I having so many things already decided leaves my mind free to focus on what is happening on the page as I execute my plan.  

This painting was based on an idea in Mary Todd Beam's book Discover Your Creative Self.  I love this book because something interesting always happens but my work looks nothing like hers.  This painting has some aluminum foil collage with soft gel medium, some coarse salt and I used Dr. Ph Martin's Hydrus liquid watercolor paint mixed with Golden's GAC 200.  I was able to get gorgeous transparent glazes with this method that will stick to aluminum foil as well as the gel medium.

7 comments:

CrimsonLeaves said...

Wow, Myrna! Nope, I cannot see the Clan at all here. Also surprised to note that you used foil. What a fabulous effect you got!

Anonymous said...

wow

Cory said...

I love love love this painting...a feel of Virginia Cobb and, Mary Todd Beam, but with your own style. I was blessed to have them both as teachers, I would love to add you to that list someday.

Christiane Kingsley said...

I can't see the clan, but I love this painting!

Michelle Himes said...

I think I can "find" two or three of them. LOL I love the colors and texture in this painting. I've really been enjoying "The Clan" series.

Joyfulartist said...

You've got me guessing on this one and I love it! Great shapes and colors. Your work is never boring, that's for sure.

Siar said...

Though I cannot figure out what you drew in the picture, I felt the colors are mixed well.


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