C for Coordinates
This is one of those paintings, which remind me why I do what I do. After almost 6 months of feeling lost and unsure, this baby put me back on track. I felt like I let out everything I wanted to with this painting. The Permanent Maroon and Payne's Grey against the Copper looks more beautiful in person. There is texture and dimension as well which is lost in photography. Titled C for Coordinates, I used acrylic on canvas, and the size of the canvas is a 40 in square.
touch of gold
I'm so excited that this piece is done. Decided to top her off with some serious gold leaf. I used around 6 sheets on the canvas (well I started with 2 and then had to go back in with another 4!) because of the scale. The pieces were larger too in order maintain proportion. There's something about this artwork that makes it super dreamy. I'm not sure what it is although part of me feels like it could just be that Cobalt Violet. Its driving me crazy and might end up becoming my most favorite color. Cobalt Violet and Peach = my own little paradise. Here's the complete piece along with some detail shots and one of my favorite in situ images.
back to normal
I'm currently working on a 40in square canvas and decided to move forward with an abstract inspired by seascapes at sunset so I'll be focusing on a more gold/orange/Cobalt Violet palette instead of blue. Its nice to be working with cooler shades especially since I'm immediately drawn to warmer tones. There's definitely a struggle with composition since its been a while that I've worked on a large piece. Most of the recent work has been 36in (on the longest side) so the scale is a challenge too at the moment. Here's what it looks like as of now
Here's a detail shot, which I'm particularly drawn to.
Fun but unsure
I'm so happy to say that the floral worked out really well for me. It was a nice break from the usual stuff and I felt like putting myself outside my comfort zone injected something positive. And honestly, even made me miss what I do more. Working on the floral was challenging though. First challenge was composition. I had absolutely no idea how to approach it in terms of placement, scale, proportions or anything else. I literally had to draw out shapes on the canvas to see how to place things. Decided to go with roses since I felt like they were probably a good starter. In terms of color, I don't think I know how to work with anything but loads of it so that worked out pretty well.
Now that the piece is done and I'm so pumped that it is, I'm unsure as to whether I would want to try my hand at a few more. As beautiful as they are, I feel like I'm aching to go back to my abstracts and play around with them a little. See how I can push myself there. Here's the complete piece and you know I have to photoshop it into this awesome space :)
Change of pace
Anyone who has read my past couple of posts is aware that I've been struggling to find meaning in my work and am feeling a little lost. I was throwing myself a little pity party the other day when I got a call to let me know that a client bought 3 paintings for her new home! If that wouldn't have lit a fire in my belly, nothing would. And good news: it totally did!
That immediately pushed me to the studio and I started thinking about how to challenge myself. Started going over images of my work dating back to 2010 and realized that I've never given florals a chance. I don't know what it is but painting them was never something I felt like I wanted to do. Its a little crazy since I'm a certified florist and love being around flowers. So I took a look at the sad canvas I was working on and decided to challenge myself a little. Laid down my first layer of paint and am still working on composition. I'll tell you this, its bloody difficult working on an abstract floral piece. Nevertheless, I'm back to having a blast in the studio and here is what she looks like right now.
I had already put down paint before I decided to turn it into a floral piece so my main challenge, I guess, has been to restructure the composition. Its usually hard for me to work with anything but a blank canvas, so I guess let's double up the challenge! Will surely post more on this piece soon.