The old year is gone and a new year is here and I’m confident and positive that it will be a good one. This past week has been a busy one, enjoying the festivities and now the task of untrimming happens.
I’ve been working on my mindset to keep focused on old and new year’s resolutions. But, resolutions sometimes prove to become a balancing act with life, especially when it throws in extra “balls”. When this happens, all you can do is play the game and work either at catching, juggling or tossing every “ball”. That being said and as for my art, in between the holidays and “balls” I did get a bit done to a new acrylic painting.
I think I will call my new work “Ravine Tree II” and I sense in it I am creating an analogy for the old and new year. Although it will be somewhat an edition of a smaller pastel I have done, its composition tells this story. That is, a silhouette of a large tree with shadows of smaller trees below. The old year’s impact is reflected in the giant, old tree which is still standing grandly and the new year’s effect is reflected in a flourishing, diminutive ravine forest. Just like last year’s great influence on me and this year’s unwavering anticipations.
Next, I move forward with more forethought about my work, all the while contemplating my analogy. This concept of old year and new year came to me a few weeks ago and again now I think of other various factors. In fact, after a few days of contemplation on canvas size, I use bigger than originally thought – 24 by 20 inches. As well, some weeks prior I decided to paint this new work in all neutrals. I consider this too, that I will keep features in monochromatic shades of browns and greys.
Continuing on, I blend my white gesso with some burnt umber and begin my painting by applying this on my canvas. This subdued gesso, made a complimentary antique beige or buff background for my work. Although it will be mostly hidden eventually, I believe this will ultimately harmonize the scene. Carrying on after the gesso is fully dry a day or so later, I begin by roughly sketching my subject matter on my canvas. Using a sepia colored crayon, I draw an outline of my intended painting.
Lastly, I mix harmonious neutral colors until I produce a palette I’m content with. Then, I pick up the brush to paint my piece in my contemporary, impressionistic style. I move forward for a while, with cumulative markings, lines and shading, until I need to stop. I’m good with it, except more work needs to be done. I resolve to paint again, as soon as I can; however, right now another “ball” has come my way!
I’ll sign off now. Stay creative in this New Year…New Decade!