Saturday, August 11, 2012

10 "Vineyard Glimpse"

10 "Vineyard Glimpse" 8x8 oil on board, ©Laura Gable
This is the fourth painting in this little mini series that explores the alternative colors from some different primaries. As you can see here, I'm dipping back towards some more vibrant tones using  reds and oranges that vary a bit from the original primary mix. All 4 of these paintings were drawn from the same photograph... this one a bit closer up. I like the abstract feel of this one.

One time I took a workshop by Donna Watson. She had us isolate sections of a photograph and then convert that into a painting. These little snippets of the photo gave no information about what the subject matter was and quickly became an abstracted image. It's a great jumping off point towards abstraction. The subject matter goes away -- and it truly does become non-representational. What remains is the movement and flow through the painting, and the colors applied in a supportive way that tells the story or message you are eager to reveal.

Mine isn't quite that abstracted, as I think it's still obvious that this was a view from the vineyards. But don't you think that would be a fun tool to explore to move your own paintings a bit towards abstraction.

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