Even as I sat down to paint in my nice clean studio at about noon after procrastinating for an hour, I had no idea what I was going to do. When I woke up, the first colors that popped into my head were teal and red, but I’ve been thinking of pink a lot lately. Color always inspires me, so I started there, creating a field of pinks and yellows. Geometric shapes also frequently make their way into my abstract paintings, so I added some blocks of magenta, white and blue.
About an hour into it, I hated the painting already and didn’t know what to do with it, so I walked away and made lunch. Returning, with Pandora radio playing the Yeah Yeah Yeahs station on my iPod touch, I continued to work the composition with some lines and more shapes and more layers.. and I hated it even more.
Sighing, I added a paper tag that I’ve been keeping in a box of supplies for who knows how long (I don’t even remember where it came from) and slathered a generous amount of heavy gel on to the bottom, enough so I could press a plastic mesh into it to give it some interesting texture, and thankfully I had to let that dry, so I could walk away from this torturous thing again.
I took a break to see if I could find a cardigan to wear to my sister’s wedding on Sunday, and failing in that mission, I at least succeeded in clearing my head for bit. When I returned, I knew I needed to simplify. I painted a thin white glaze over most of the piece saving a few circles of color, added mint to the upper part, threw in some more ochre and magenta, washed some transparent colors over the circle spots and finished it off with some charcoal lines.
I stood back and knew I liked it and was happy with it and could move on to making dinner. The finished piece is a colorful abstract on a 16″ x 20″ canvas. So far this is what I expected it to be- tough. 🙂 I can only hope it gets easier as I go along…
*UPDATE: This piece is SOLD. Thanks!*