Day 2 of the 30 and 30 challenge. I am posting this one as a work in progress. It is very close, but there are a few small things I still need to do. I will update once I have done that and make available. In the meantime, here it is. It is very much in line with Metropolis in terms of color palette and overall feel. But there are differences too.
On almost the spur of the moment, I have decided to join the 30 in 30 Challenge hosted by Leslie Saeta. See this page for what it’s all about. Basically, the idea is to do 30 paintings in the month of January along with hundreds of other artists and post one a day if possible. I say if possible, because this is supposed to be a fun exercise in boosting one’s output and creativity and not a source of stress. So, as Leslie says, I won’t be sweating it if I can only do 15 or 20 this month.
OK, here is my first painting, which is 12 by 12, acrylic on canvas. The tentative title is Metropolis. This painting is an example of my style that uses multiple layers–many semi-transparent–to create a certain look. I really like to see how layers combine and overlap with each other creating a range of colors and textures. This painting was created mostly using a palette knife and paint scrapers. That’s how the straight edges were created as well as some of the textures and color blending. The original goes for $150 at my Etsy gallery.
The vertical lines and rectangular shapes in this image suggest an urban scene, although other interpretations are also valid. Like my other urban patterns paintings, this one was made using an intuitive process where I built up the shapes and colors, starting with only a very general idea. The original painting is 12 x 12 inches and was done in layers so that other colors show through. The straight edges were painted using a palette knife and other tools such as paint scrapers!
This acrylic painting is just off my easel and ready for a new home. I painted it over at least 6 or 7 sessions, carefully building up layers to create the texture and other effects that you can see. The work itself, while abstract, hints at a city at the end of the day. Hence the warm colors. This painting is on canvas, 12 by 12 inches.
Available here for $150 plus shipping. See link to Fine Art America at right for prints.
This acrylic painting is 5th in the Urban Patterns series, which is inspired by shapes and geometric forms in urban environments. In this painting, I used a palette knife and paint scrapers to create some of the lines and edges. 12 x 12 inches.
Just sold! But you can still pick up a canvas or metal print.
This painting was very much the result of a “go with the flow” process. By that, I mean that I had no intention at the beginning other than to put down different colors, see how they combine with each other, and use the brush and a palette knife to add shapes. The idea of a journey inward highlights the intuitive nature of the process. Just let it happen and try not to get your thoughts get in the way.
This piece is 12 by 12 inches; acrylic on canvas.
This painting is something new for me as it gets away from the geometric shapes I have been painting lately and their suggestion of urban forms. It is all about bright, swirly, vibrant colors without a clear reference to anything tangible except perhaps billowing clouds. As such, I think it evokes feelings of joy and optimism. This is the first of a series. 11 x 14 inches, acrylic on canvas.
Fourth in the series, this painting uses a much more saturated color palette. In all of these paintings there is a very intuitive process where I start with one color and some shapes and then add others. Despite a lot of light color, this one suggests to me a city at night. Acrylic on a 11 x 14 inch canvas.
Third in a series, this painting was done with a brush, whereas I mainly used a palette knife for the previous two (here and here) as well as “Urban Interiors.” The result is that the way the shapes and colors combine is very different in this painting. In the palette knife pieces, the colors and shapes are blended together by the scraping action of the knife. In this painting, the shapes and colors are glazed and layered over one another so that shapes and colors underneath can be seen very easily. Acrylic on canvas; 11 x 14 inches.
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This is the second painting in the urban patterns series. It is very different from the first, but still has the suggestive geometric shapes of urban forms. This acrylic painting is on a 11 by 14 inch canvas and is priced at $140 plus shipping and handling. You can buy it here. Metal, canvas, and paper prints can also be acquired at this link.