This is the last of our garden for the year.
Happy Halloween preparations!
|Branch with Fruit, Shih T'ao, Ch'ing period|
|Howler monkey mother |
12' x 9"
|Second step - blocking in shapes with a large 3/4" filbert brush -|
a deliberate challenge. The brush's character was my partner.
Without an exact idea of how I would express the forms,
being mindful of shapes natural for the brush. I allow myself to accept abstractions.
|Many steps later|
The addition of ultramarine over phthalo green over naphthol red over quinacridone gold
was uneven and not so rich as I hoped.
The pure white cotton rag paper is good for high contrast.
I am more comfortable with the starkness of white
when adding a gold tint over most of the whites.
A concentrated permanent alizarin crimson
over concentrated pthalo green makes a richer dark than ivory black.
|The hatchery is surrounded by woods. |
This painting is on a warm off white tinted cotton rag paper. 19" x16"
I like the undertone for developing rich darks.
A few more weeks remain for me to play.
Also to work with Crayola pan colors
like the ones provided for the class.
Mostly I decide on what I will teach
on the spot depending
on who is in the class.
Play isn't continuous joyful fun.
Self criticism and doubt make their appearance.
But I am only spoiling paint and paper,
not causing danger to national security.
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