Autumn Passage, a variation of Fall Color 1 (see below), a small 6×6 watercolor from last summer (2020), is similar but occupies its own 18×24 space.
While the smaller piece, Fall Color 1 below, is I think better balanced within its square space, the larger newer piece, Autumn Passage is more intense with a bit more of the mystic.
And of course there’s the difference of the smaller work being watercolor, while the newer larger work is acrylic.
It’ll be interesting over the next few months, as I continue to try new acrylic formulations said to closer mirror watercolor, how the work will progress. Plus I also intend to add dabs of watercolor into my acrylic in the future, which is also said to bring the two water mediums closer together. We shall see 😊
Meanwhile, below the Fall Color 1 immediately below, I’ve included two detail shots of Autumn Passage plus a final framed view using one of my own frames —
The first detail shot, where the intense fire reds and yellow burst from the wash like expanse below it on the canvas, also shows how thickly I laid the undercoat of light molding paste, which beside letting me use fairly thick paint over a thick textured undercoat, also lets me apply washes and/or bleed out color from the thick masses with water for a few watercolor like gradations.
If I re-dab a section of thick acrylic with a wet brush before it dries, I also get somewhat of a lifting action like with watercolors, softening and lightening the thick paint.
And below, which includes the space where I carved out my signature into the light molding paste on my 1st inlay, a few fairly gentle washes and scumblings of paint can be seen —
And lastly is a view of Autumn Passage framed.
It’s larger than most my recent work, at 18×24 – nothing like the sizes I worked on in the 80s (acrylics) or 2000s (oils) – see 2 samples end of this post, but I can see the pattern redeveloping 😊
While I’m not where I want to be with all this yet, I am getting a good beginning merging of wanting both an image as a whole I can really like from a distance, and a surface that keeps my interest up close.
Where I’ve fallen back on myself some, and had been doing really were are two things —
- need to remember to leave more white space around the edges; I like the vintage-like look, and if a frame’s involved, even more important
- composition, in terms of balance and interest, since my earliest days, has been a “somewhat” natural plus for me (’cause I’m a libra? 😊), as can be seen by 2 of my early 80s “3 Cups” acrylic series at end of this post; I need to refocus a bit and reintegrate it into my work flow as a natural outcome again 🙏
These are doable, just need to remember-them things when my creative urge outruns my creative commonsense, lol!
I think in my excite to create compelling senses of images welling inside me, I ran past some of my natural tendencies and preferences and ended up splaying about a bit more than I’d like ☺️
Thanks so much everyone! Stay curious, stay creative! 💕
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