I like to play in paint. You have seen my blue line drawings before. But I have never shown you my finger smudging.
This piece requires tactile consideration. It's a blob of cream with dots of strawberry form. Values of light and shade become very important. The base is simple, subtle, but strong. It must come to life. It is Atlas supporting the rest. And those strawberries,they must be summer blushes beckoning.
Distinctions must be considered. Expanding the range with light and a little texture. Thinking of subtle coloration, possible changes in tone seen and felt. I like to get involved a bit, explore. Get to know it well. So I smudge a bit. Sharpen with line where contrast must be felt. Smooth where shadows take away an edge. Move across the whole, learning as I go.
You can do it too. Do the warm up, learn the essence, lay down the structure, set the tone. And when the path is known, pull out the pigments. Let brush play. And don't forget, have some fun.
Friday, April 11, 2008
Posted by Janice C. Cartier at 7:05 AM