08 May 2007

Tonal paintings - color opposites

Today, I tried a couple of acrylic sketches based on a photo of one of my favorite salt marshes. It's directly across the street from the Bush compound in Kennebunkport, Maine.

The first sketch is at right, and it's on an irregular piece of corrugated cardboard. The photo is directly below it, propped on my easel.

I'm working with corrugated cardboard for sketches. I cover the cardboard with gesso and paint over that. Since it's informal to start with, I'm more willing to experiment with color and design. Worst case, I throw it out; best case, I'll sell it on Etsy or something, for cheap.

Anyway, I tried a more stylized version on canvasboard. I'm not sure how well I like it, but this is all about experimenting.

What I really want to create are semi-abstracts and abstracts. I'm really in the mood for them, but something in my brain keeps shutting down when I start thinking in this direction. I'm not sure why.

So, pushing myself with these tonal studies in colors almost opposite what will be in the finished version... this is good. It's a step in the right direction.

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