Thursday, March 18, 2010

exploring color

Our assignment this week is to work in pure chroma - no white or black, and ditch the earth tones. The teacher also encouraged us to work from memory, "a great editor." I returned to the subject of trees.

At the same time I am re-learning how to handle paint: how to work quickly, how to move among several images at once so that the idea develops without muddying the layers.

Shyness is overcome by enthusiasm. I have paints and bits of gessoed paper all over my studio. The fabric doesn't have a chance. Gesso gives the surface tooth, and also makes the paint read more brightly. What happens when you embed lace in that surface? Tune in tomorrow. I'll show you.

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