This is another piece from my upcoming June show at the Principle Gallery. It is titled Cleansed and is 18″ by 18″ on canvas. The final look of this painting really pleases me with its clarity and pop. It really makes the eye jump to it in the studio.
During the past few days as I’ve been doing final preparations for the show, I have found myself seeking this piece out just to look at it for a few stolen moments. There’s something very soothing in a placid kind of way for me in this painting, despite the brightness of the color that seems to almost be shouting from the canvas. Maybe it’s shouting, “Relax!”
This was an interesting piece. I initially laid out the composition in red oxide and began to lay color into the rays in the sky. At that point it felt like the overall color of it was going to go into the blues. A nocturnal scene perhaps. But that didn’t quite ring true for me so I didn’t go forward with it. So for the last couple of months this piece has been sitting in the state shown here at the left, behind me as I work at the easel. Whenever I would turn around, it was there staring me in the face.
Finally, in the last week, I decided that it had to be done. It still felt like a night scene but I decided to go against that intuition. I had been working on a couple of pieces with brighter colors in the days before this and decided to continue in that vein here. At first, I regretted it but it quickly took on the glow that I see in it.
I’m glad I went this way even though I think the other way would have brought a really strong image. I think I needed it this way more than the other way.
And sometimes that’s what painting does for me– it gives me what I need at certain times.
REMINDER: ENGAGE NEPAL AND WIN!
Just a reminder that you can help the Soarway Foundation in its efforts to help the people of Nepal in their struggle to recover form last year’s earthquakes. Your donation of $25 and above gives you an entry into a drawing for my painting, Enraptured, a 30″ by 40″ canvas valued at $5000, as well as a signed commemorative poster from the Soarway Foundation.
In relative terms, your odds are pretty good so reach out and give a helping hand and maybe you can win this painting.
This event ends in less than two weeks, on June 6, 2016. So please act now. If you can’t, please share this or tell a friend or two–every little bit helps.