Frederick Heidel was one of my art instructors at Portland State University in the the early 60's. His observation on color was that colors of about the same range of darkness placed together on a painting relate to one another in lively interactions. Form and depth can be created without dark to light drawing.
I am exploring his process of making somewhat of a grid, playing with color not as a chart but in a non-academic way, allowing a feeling to lead my way. Soon these non-objective paintings take on shapes that suggest something familiar to people. Such is the case in this full sheet watercolor, "Playful, Cad Red to Viridian.
Tuesday, April 08, 2014
Thursday, April 03, 2014
The top painting is Kona, Hawaii color. The framed painting is Fredrick Heidel's, my instructor in 1962. The other paintings are about what I see from my window. Like my first assignment for oil painting, I feel wonderfully involved just looking outdoors and trying out the colors on my paper to see which colors please me. As he taught, the colors are loosely on a grid. Frederich Heidel said, "Do not make academic exercises." So I am in the process of seeing how the colors not only look but also work together in an expressive way.
Sunday, March 16, 2014
After the third night at JJ's Beach House Vacation Rental in Yachats, Oregon the paint flowed and I had the feeling that the paintings painted themselves. Of course the energy of the house was at play.
Saturday, March 08, 2014
The most important part of making this painting is feeling good about the Hawaiian colors and how them make me feel. This painting is on a full sheet of cold press Arches watercolor paper.
In Hawaii I learned to flood the paper with pools of wet color. It didn't take long to dry even in the humidity. When I did the same at home the color was heavy so I used the shower sprayer on the paper and the edges of the green and Naples yellow lifted leaving the white. Happy accident!
Friday, January 03, 2014
A work in progress.
Here I have selected scraps of paper that speak to me from my shelves of uninteresting works. It is difficult to throw away old work, but I am disposing a lot of paper especially ones with paint that is falling off the paper. I tried to reconstitute gouache and watercolors and they have failed to have enough medium to adhere to paper properly.