Monday, February 7, 2011

12x12 Paintings

                                  
A few months ago, I sold several paintings to a local hospital. Now they have asked for some small paintings to place in exam rooms- preferably with a "botanical" theme. I painted 6 new paintings for this project; this one and one other are based on existing 6x6 paintings- the others are entirely new. The blue under painting gives this a decidedly cool look, and the orange doesn't pop as much as if the under painting were warm, but there is a moodiness that intrigues me with these mostly cool paintings.

Lately I have been mushing all my leftover paint at the end of a session into a big pile of "neutral" that I use in my next painting session. Does anybody else do this? I find the neutral is usually lovely as it is, but I can also alter it to my liking.  I also love the idea of not wasting paint...

I replaced yesterdays post, wiping out the buildings to the right. I originally placed them there to stop the eye from traveling off the picture plane, but ultimately decided they didn't add anything to the composition. I prefer the simplicity, but would love to hear responses (if you have an opinion).

7 comments:

  1. Layne,
    Congratulations! And what a great hospital to value art like that!! Now, we can dream that someday there would be art in every patients room : )) Beautiful piece.

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  2. great Idea with the use of left over paint!... i've never thought of that ... I always have a heap of left over that ultimately goes to waste.... thanks for the tip.


    Daz

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  3. Love this piece Layne and how wonderful that it will end up brightening exam rooms! Wish my dr. had work like this!!
    I too have recently been saving the piles of neutrals and have been having fun using them directly or to alter other colors.

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  4. I try to keep my leftovers but sometimes I scrape up dome dried bits and that is annoying! It is a great use of paint though and very "green"!

    Loved the painting with and without the building on the right. I think you are right though that my eye tends to stay on the main focus now and not travel around to the back where the other building was.

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  5. Layne, I've been following your blog for a while and this my favorite so far.

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  6. Layne congratulations on the sales. Wonderful piece. Yes, I have saved my grays for years. Its what I start with the next day. I also freeze my paint every night so that it keeps those grays and other colors fresh.

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  7. Wonderful painting! Very very bold!

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