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When in Doubt, Paint it Blue

November 22, 2009

This is today’s shot of what I seem to remember is Painting Number One in this series of five 12 x 12’s. So that’s what I’m calling it.

You won’t believe what I did to it. I could not get anything to speak to me on this canvas. So I set it aside and tried not to think about what to do next. The colors were wrong, and the ridged pattern was still getting in my way just a little. So I have completely changed the color from warm to cool and rotated it. Surprise, surprise –I think I like it now!

You can still see the reds and yellows, but the overall blue works.

Here is the “before” . . .

And here it is now.

“Echoes 32″ – Acrylic on Canvas, 12 x 12 x 1.5”

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10 Comments leave one →
  1. Eva permalink
    November 22, 2009 3:10 pm

    wow. yes. great.

  2. November 23, 2009 4:43 am

    I do dig the cool colors better. It went from summer desert at day to desert at twilight.

  3. November 23, 2009 7:21 am

    Well, I liked the first one very much, now I like the final result even more! It is even more subtle and rich and . . . gorgeous!!

  4. November 23, 2009 8:22 am

    oh yes!…I usually go for warm colors…but you have managed to make cool colors look warm here, Martha!…lovely.

    • November 23, 2009 9:21 am

      Gypsylulu, blue really was the last thing in my mind when I started the last painting session on this. It was kind of an act of frustration — desperation, even. Thank you for your kind words.

  5. November 23, 2009 10:26 am

    So ethereal and luminous. It’s amazing, the difference between the before and after, in terms of color change and overall “feel”. This one reminds me of tropical underwater life. I really love what you’re doing with your work, especially lately.

    • November 23, 2009 11:00 am

      Thanks fore that, Stephanie. That was some strong blue, wasn’t it! But not in a bad way, I think. Color is creeping back in — or should I say it’s what I love most. I love to limit my palette to greys, browns, black and white for a while, but can’t do it forever.

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