Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Sedona Revisited

When I started this painting, I thought I was applying a lot of paint in loose brush strokes, and I thought it was finished. (see below) But, as I looked at it hanging in the hallway for about a year, I could see things that I wanted to change. Trying to keep the bright color palette, I started adding heavier layers of paint w/ a large brush and loose brush strokes.  As always, I tried to "let go." Using a lot of acrylic gel mixed with the paint, I kept reminding myself to "just have fun!  So, am I finished with this painting? Yes, I think so.  Ron Pokrasso, a wonderful teacher/artist, says the true test of whether a painting is finished is when it doesn't ask for more.  It's finished.    

After I finished this painting, I couldn't come up with a name for it.   I never have a plan when I do an abstract, I just try to have fun with shapes and color. But I do think this painting was influenced by the visual images seen and felt on our trip to Arizona just weeks before I started it.  (9/10)
Sedona Revisited, acrylic, 36 x 24; 9/2010

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