Going Green!

1 Jul

One of the very first posts on this blog had a picture of two paintings I was making based on the same composition from a Matisse painting. I went to Helsinki and the paintings stayed behind, unfinished.

Since I have been home, I’ve been working on these paintings again. Yesterday I glazed the entire surface of one of the paintings with Gamblin Permanent Green Light, making it nearly impossible to look at, much less photograph.

I’m not quite finished, but I am posting some in progress detail shots and one sorry photo of the entire painting as it stands today.

As a disclaimer to those that have never seen any of my work in person, sometimes there is so much detail in my work that images of the overall painting completely fall flat. The work feels and looks miles apart from these pictures!

The point of this post is to show how drastically one of my paintings can change over time. The first detail is from a few weeks ago for contrast.

And now:

And here is the painting in its entirety (with a heavy glare from the wet oil paint). The painting is monochromatic now and it is green. However, it is an array of varying shades of green that simply don’t register at all with my camera.

The other version of this composition has also become a monochrome. It is purple and the paint application is startlingly different. I will post some photos of the sister painting later.

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2 Responses to “Going Green!”

  1. dave July 3, 2011 at 5:35 pm #

    there are photographic methods and equipment available that can better represent colors, if not the details of texture in artwork. though it can never be as perfect as having the actual work to enjoy for oneself, there are filters, lighting techniques, and digital enhancements that could help. perhaps you can enlist the assistance of a photographic comrade?
    the evolution of this work to which you have so faithfully returned is fascinating. does it ever get ..i don’t know, scary? when you are experimenting, does it ever worry you that you will lose what you have started because of an uncooperative chemical reaction?

    • hellosinki July 13, 2011 at 10:37 pm #

      I just now saw this comment for some reason… Yes, it is often scary and I often lose what I started with because I overwork paintings sometimes to the point of their own oblivion.
      There’s lot of information out there about chemical reactions for oil paint but I’ve never had any trouble with cracking or any other sort of strange reactions–yet!

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