Wednesday, March 19, 2008
I have several shows coming up so I had to get busy creating new work. On this lovely windy Florida day, I had a great desire to paint a red sky. I put aside my Italy drawings. This morning I began this pastel on 16 x20" navy canson mi-eintes by blocking in.
I continued to work till I couldn't see straight. My work is created from my passion for color. The scene is based on a road traveled while driving a jeep in Maui, yet quietly reminisces Tuscany. I find I like a hint of ambiguity. I have shared here a version also in black and white. Seeing in black and white is a tool to double check my values as I am working from within and not en plein air. It feels good, yet I may need to resolve the busy center at the middle tree top.
As I have been taking photos of works in progress I have found I get more excited about some pieces at earlier stages with raw color so this is my goal here. Resisting the urge to make the work so realistic while keeping the juicy color.