Can Yellow Recede? July 11, 2014
I'm deep into this painting now. I move about an inch forward every day. Let me put that into perspective…10 hours painting equals 1 inch of progress. You would think that would mean it would take me about 30 days to finish. If only that were true. Some areas will need tweaking. I've already gone back into two areas, so that set me back two days. It has been an enjoyable process though. There is something about feeling confident about a piece when you start. One of my thought processes during the conception stage was to explore yellow as a subservient color. In other words to make yellow recede instead of coming forward. Difficult. Similar to the construction of Thomas Gainsborough's "The Blue Boy" which uses the color blue in the foreground. Think along those lines but using high contrast. It is quite bold. Nothing wishy-washy about this piece. But, I believe it is working out. It makes for a very "happy" painting. Considering that the subject matter is visually dark I am extremely pleased with the result. I hope to have it completed by the end of August.
For your enjoyment, here is another view from downtown. Back to my brushes.
"It is no use saying 'We are doing our best.' You have got to succeed in doing what is necessary." - Winston Churchill
Leave a Reply.