Friday, January 11, 2013
Pushing the Paint...Pushing the Comfort Zone!
I've long held the alla prima axiom, "a brushstroke laid is a brushstroke stayed" as a discipline that has lent itself well to building confidence, judging proper color and accent quicker...aiming toward efficiency, especially since I paint plein air so often...
This one I started last night represents what I've been doing with my paintings of late, areas I'm exploring...namely broken edges. I still pretty much start with the alla prima approach, but then after the session use paper towel, handle end of a brush...a dry brush, and break up the edges. Exploring how much the edges can be broken...and still come off coherent.
In a sense...I am finding the effect more realistic, as it seems to suggest atmosphere, pushes things where they need to be in space...and anyone painting outdoors knows that nature is not stagnant, but is always in a state of transition. The broken edges seem to read that for me...light flickering, movement, air...etc. as if "time" is part of the subject to be captured. Not a frozen moment in time...but one that breathes.
Such in now way precludes I am suggesting others do the same...as everyone's art is different, and likely also in a state of transition! :wink:
Its just what I'm playing with right now.
Here is an image that shows a closeup of my session's end last night following teaching, and what I mean when I say I intend to "destroy" my work. How much I'll build back up, destroy again I don't know. For now I think I'll know when it feels right...but with experience should become more intuitive I would think...
(as always, click image to see larger view)