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Saturday, October 29, 2011

"Edifice" painting, stage 2 (image)

"Edifice" painting, stage 2

The "Edifice" painting is evolving: hundreds upon hundreds of dots, suggesting fog, a soft sun set, and the soaring architecture.   Comments and reactions are invited, please.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Green abstract, stage 3

In this stage, I'm increasing the contrast in the upper area, so the  bold colors show through.  Suggestions are welcome.  This is an exploration process.

Green abstract, stage 3 (image)

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Monday, October 17, 2011

Thursday, October 13, 2011

stage 1, abstract (image)

Stage 1, abstract

This is one of two paintings I'm doing together: one horizontal and one vertical.  Here, in stage 1, thin layers of gray (dark and pale) are applied in abstract patterns.  Color will then be applied on top of this gray abstract foundation (see stage 2 below).

stage 2, abstract (image)

Stage, 2, abstract

This is one of two paintings I'm doing together: one vertical and one horizontal.  In stage 2, color glazes are being applied to the original abstract patterns in grays and whites.  For this (vertical) painting, the colors are Cerulean blue and a mix of Cerulean and Alizarin red.

Monday, October 10, 2011

large abstract, "Earth & Sky"

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"Abstract, Sky and Earth"

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"Abstract, Sky and Earth"

This large painting, 48" H x 36"W, is based on earth tones, with colors added in dots, dashes, and swirls.  The colors are there, but the viewer can see "through" them to the space beyond.  46 hours on this painting.  Oil on canvas.