Tuesday, April 08, 2008

Three paintings

This one is about done for me. It's not that I think it's finished but
I don't have that much more to say here. I am open to critiques though if anyone has any ideas for improvements.
Been working on this painting. Added a tree but right now it doesn't stand out against the green of the hill, more work needed with those colors. I like the barn okay, but the blue house I'm not sure of. The mid-ground snow needs more layers of glaze and the foreground snow seems too white but I like the way it's evolving.

I painted the mountain with Prussian blue the other day and it was horrid. The mountain loomed and everything else faded. Now I have over-painted the Prussian with ultramarine, red and white. I am working on the mid-ground hills but having trouble making a brown. I want it darker than the color I came up with today. In the photo there is a tree in the forground and am not sure if I want to put it in. There are also fence posts that I will try to put in.

Someone, either my ex-husband or some teacher I had, told me to work the whole painting at once, which I somewhat am doing, but not so re: adding fence posts and tree. The idea is that as soon as you add a new element, the whole thing changes. One needs to work the whole canvas with all the colors and objects in it together. Add a little red dot in the corner and you have to change everything else too.

This is true in writing also. You have a near perfect page except for one or two sentences but as soon as you change those sentences everything shifts on the page and you have to do an entire page rewriting. I find this so fascinating.


Cestandrea said...

I like the blue house, Suki. And I love the colour of the blue mountains the way you changed it, it looks a bit as if the moon would shine on it, lovely.
It is so interesting watching your work, the colours and shapes you use remind me of the Fauvism. Love the way you create surfaces.

Cris in Oregon said...

These are turning out beautiful. Soft and lovely.
and Yes working a whole painting is important. I like to keep my paint on my palette going so I can work it here and there within a piece I am working on.
I cant wait to see how the new one comes along.

human being said...

They are beautiful... calm and peaceful. Love them.

What you said in the last paragraph relates to life,too.

Lynn said...

I know nothing of paintings how tos so must just relay that I find the paintings soothing to look at. I like the red, blue, red of the buildings...the flow of the snow and hills and walkways.
The mood is right for me.

sukipoet said...

Thanks for reflections on the blue house and mountain Andrea. Blue seems, along with brown, to be a powerful color on the canvas. I don't consciously imitate the Fauves but i do like to use my own colors for things and often to reduce shapes to geometrics.

Cris, do you mean by "keep my paint on my palette going" that you do not clean the palette each day, but rather keep the blobs of paint for a week or so?

HB thanks for seeing the paintis as calm. Interesting what you say about the last para relating to life too. Guess that is so, but in life it is often not myself who adds the red dot or the revised words to my life but rather "the universal force field" or something.

thanks Lynn for reflecting on "soothing." Maybe it is I who needs soothing colors and shapes right now so I'm creating them for myself. Course in a way the outside landscape is very soothing in that it is slow and steady.

marianne said...

Love the blue mountain. Nice to think about working on the whole painting and the idea that with one dot you have to change the rest..............I think the change is already in the dot, just like in life. You decide if the dot itself is change enough or the rest has to follow along.