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Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Jenel's 13th Glass

(1)I am going to force myself to do paintings with ellipses until I love them and they come easily. (2) I am learning something important about color in these last few paintings. When I set the still life up, instead of arranging lots of color in it, I have been using less. I even bought a beige (I never thought this would happen to me) cloth to use under the set up. In the process of painting, the color emerges anyway, and it is more subtle. I don't know what to do with this info -- it makes a difference, because I see a fork in the road developing. Van Gogh (I think) said you can't have color and modeling together, it has to be one or the other. If color is dominant, there is flatness, if modeling then depth. I like, no, love, the tension of color on the flat plane of the canvas. Is this really incompatible with realism, is the question.

1 comment:

  1. You're doing a good job with the ellipses! Not an easy task. As far as your question of color vs. modeling I have no answer. It is interesting to consider. On another note about color - when I took Carol Marine's workshop she said that white is never white but a series of grays. When you look at her paintings you can see that. Beautiful colors in a white cloth or cup. I'm sure that is true with any surface. There are many colors in black, red, yellow, etc.