In progress - "Suspended Ovoids"
Acrylic on canvas - 30" x 40"
So I stared at my blank canvas for a good part of the day and evening last Saturday, and finally took the plunge on Sunday-- beginning still another painting in my "Ovoid" series. By mid-morning on Monday, the painting was at a good point: suffused, somewhat evocative, a bit brooding, and in a simple palette akin to the bark, leaves, and lichen of our blueberry bushes in early summer. Two simple, warm-white ovoids commanded the center of attention. By Monday afternoon, I had managed to lose the suffused feel and my background palette had shifted. Tuesday and Wednesday evenings were spent studying the painting; comparing and contrasting it with others in my midst and deliberating about whether to try to recapture the early essence of the painting, or to pursue an alternative, more graphic approach. Last night, as the light faded to darkness, I literally sat staring at the painting. Finally, I made several decisions: "Yes" to using bright orange. "Yes" to stripes. "No" to the dark, dark background. "Yes" to the larger end of the ovoids on the bottom of the painting. "Yes" to "suspending" the ovoids. And within a matter of an hour, I was well on my way! Now, it's a matter of adding more color interest to the orange stripes (ala the citrus oranges); adding refinements here and there, and perhaps adding some graphite. Cannot wait to get back to this painting in the morning light!
And then, I think I'll try to recapture the early essence of the earlier "lost" painting in a smaller version. :)
Art = Happiness