Monday, August 16, 2010

Lane Markers - so much for delicacy and refinement

31" x 47", in progress

Most definately I'll go with #2. These are so hard to see in person. The color was so harsh in this one, a high keyed green over the metallic. I tried glazing it down with burnt umber and alizarin, but then segued into apocolyptic imagery, with the disintegrating flags/banners/?


Carla said...

Last night I wiped off the upper dk red bit, well first I made it much larger. Not sure yet how/if I'll reintroduce it, but I wanted to let the illusionistic space have more say. I do like having these multiple layers of perception, especially when the surface-y flat shapes also still play into the illusion space sometwhat.

Nomi Lubin said...

Wait. The big red flag is gone?

Carla said...

Yes, but I'll probably add it back in, angled more horizontal and up more towards the top edge, so that area can still go back in space a bit.It was still wet, a wipe-off. For these paintings, I don't want to muck up the surface too much with scraping and overpainting. It's actually a challenge to be so precious with the surface, while introducing such non-precious imagery. Also, the careful moves involve glazing and preserving the metallic undercoat, and then when I add something in opaque paint, it's a real intrusion on that surface. I don't know how to verbalize what that means, other than it's a constant struggle/dance. I'm always aware of either glazing a depth into the work, or negating depth with more opague paint application. It becomes a push and pull between cooperation and obfuscation.

It's as exciting as all get-out.