I am generally paint things tight. Every brush stroke and color has a predetermined place to land. I don’t usually paint outside the lines. I have been working on becoming more painterly, more expressionist. One stretch in this direction is painting abstractions, but the other is just painting a little looser.
My latest foray into expanding my painterly aspects includes the following 2 works. First up, Making a Splash!
This painting actually started off as an abstract in gray and blue. As I splattered paint on the paper I was reminded of island pony round ups in various places in the world. Although I have not painted a horse in quite sometime the subject is quite familiar to me. One pony was kind of boring so I added two more. I left the splatters show through the white paint, and only edited two small blobs around the ponies’ heads. After the paint dried my cat laid on it — I took it to mean that she thought it was done.
The second work is Golden Light.
I did an imprecise wash in primary yellow and magenta as I had the intention of portraying the golden light in some manner. I again chose to splatter the painting with a grayed out yellow ochre. The gray got me thinking and pretty soon I had roughed in the trees and leaves on the wet paper… the paint blooming a little, softening the edges. I had “extra“light gray paint so I a pallet knife to rough in some scenery in the background, letting a lot of the wash show through. Next I worked it over with a darker gray, again I used a pallet knife and painted the grass in the foreground. The final touches were the wading birds, they are supposed to be cranes, but if you see a heron or an egret… At this point the art looked “done-ish” but alas my cat refused to provide commentary. I posted it on Fackbook, and an online “cat”, Kathy Charron, pronounced it finished.
In both cases I certainly could have added layers and layers of paint until I achieved a more photographic appearance, but in both I chose to embrace the flow of paint, brushwork, and the indistinct edges. My canvas is not laying on the ground screaming, “Stop painting on me!” It is very hard for me to let them be, partly because don’t have that sure feeling that “this painting done.” But I have resisted the urge to paint them to death.
Making a Splash! sold within seconds of hitting the internet-sometimes that is the way it goes. I think the foreshortened imagery, and energy of the piece grabbed the buyer’s attention.
However, Golden Light is for sale. Consider making an offer if you like it.
Yours in Art
Jake, Artist, AKAJake.com Come Experience the Art!
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