Painting Notes

Updated: Jun 4, 2020

I thought I could share how I am building my first series of paintings. I'm working on 4 wood panel boards, 12 x 12 inches, and primarily using acrylic paint.

Board #4 - I normally like to draw portraits so I tried starting with drawing on the boards and adding paint in an abstract way on top - I hated feeling limited by my original drawing so I painted over it with thin, white paint. The original drawing is still visible, but I used it more as a guideline rather than a specific drawing that I need to make permanent with paint and I'm much more satisfied with where this is going now.

This is a color study using cadmium red, yellow ochre, permanent green light, titanium white, and carbon black. I'm playing with mixing complements of red and then making tints and shades of these mixtures and experimenting with how these colors look next to each other. I like the way the saturated cad red stands out right now.

I am also starting to see there are specific differences that I like to put together:

  • thick paint next to thin paint

  • organic shapes next to geometric shapes

  • shapes next to various lines

  • deliberate marks covered by spontaneous marks

I'm going to try adding some more geometric shapes and patterns to this board, and also add some more opaque areas, especially in the lower right quadrant.

Board #3 - I like the variety of shapes and the complexity. I tried to quiet down some areas and I think I ended up with too many middle values. I want to keep the variety of shapes in this so I will try quieting some areas with lighter values but keep their shapes.

Board #2 - I like the floral inspired shapes I got from drawing on this board. I need to come back and add some more shapes within the dark areas. I also want to create a little more sophisticated color combinations within the lighter areas. I like going back and forth between drawing and painting.

Board #1 - For my next painting session, I'll start with this one first. I don't like the muddy shapeless light areas - I need to have a dark shape in upper left quadrant and it needs to be a different size and shape from the other shapes. I might try some geometric pattern. I also need to add more hard edge shapes in the lighter areas to add more contrast to those brushy, transparent sections.

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