This is another of my urban patterns series as it evokes an urban landscape. As with many of my paintings, this one is composed of multiple layers, which can easily be seen. The build-up of paint also created an interesting texture. I was quite please with how this came out on many levels. The colors are not as saturated as in some of my paintings, but they work well together and also form a nice value contrast. This painting was created mostly with a palette knife and is 12 by 12 inches on canvas. It can be hung as is or framed.
I spent a lot of time on this painting, so I don’t recall all of the steps. It was very much a “paint as you go” process. I know that I started with some gesso or molding paste that I used to create a textured surface. Then I started painting small sections and tried to be mindful about how well the colors and non-linear shapes related to each other. Many of the layers of paint are very thin, lower layers show through.
This painting is very much in line with the “urban patterns” series of paintings I have been doing lately. I chose the title because that is what came to me after I finished the first and primary painting session. This painting is a somewhat less complex than many of those others; intentionally so. I think I sometimes pack too much into a single piece. This one is also bigger than many of the others.
Another for the 30 in 30 Challenge. A variation on the theme of urban forms, although one could also see something completely different such as two entities facing off. And if you turn it on a side, entirely different interpretations may present themselves.
As with most of my paintings, this one has multiple layers, where colors blend between layers and within the same layer. I did not have much of a defined starting point, just an idea about shapes and colors. As I continued, the process took on a life of its own and I was putting down paint in relation to what was already there. Sometimes the result is unsatisfactory, but I am happy with how this one turned out. Let me know what you think.
This is another small one at 9 x 12 inches. Available at my shop.
I sometimes like to paint fast and loose. This is one of those paintings. I put down a base layer, then a light blue I mixed on top of it, but allowing the base to show through a bit. Finally, orange and dark blue with some blending. I think what is so satisfying about painting this way is that there is minimal thinking involved. Yes, I definitely think about where I’m putting down paint in terms of composition as well as colors, but with paintings like this, I am able to express something directly without planning it. What I am expressing is hard to describe and perhaps shouldn’t be described. So, I’m just letting this painting speak for itself directly to the viewer.
This 12 by 12 inch acrylic painting is part of my urban series as it suggests an urban vista made up of buildings. The bright colors evoke “city lights” at night even though the background is very light. As with many other of my paintings, it 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.
This painting evokes a–possibly–chaotic cityscape. Looking at it, the title of the Jimi Hendrix song Crosstown Traffic came to me, so that’s the title I chose. But that is just my title. Perhaps you have your own?
It was almost entirely done with a palette knife. The photo allows you to see that there are multiple layers, many of which show through or blend together.
This is 12 by 12 inches; acrylic on canvas. Yes, I am trying to “paint larger,” but this is another piece for the 30 and 30 competition, so the aim is to produce many pieces and it’s easier to do that if they are small. Besides, it is more affordable!
Please let me know if you have any questions or comments. Thanks!
Original at my Etsy shop now. Prints in a few days.
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.