March 30, 2011
A New Painting: "Blue Bolts"
After working on my last painting, which was a disappointment, it was a pleasure to turn to this blue painting. I like the bulging planes over flat ones, broken by dark lines, the mysterious dark at upper left sheltering curving cylinders. It was not without its difficulties however, primarily owing to the blue pigments being transparent. I used Ultramarine blue, Cobalt blue and Manganese blue cerulean, none of them opaque. In order to achieve a moderately even surface in the light areas, I had to paint many many layers of color. The resulting surface has some texture to it, but I hope it's not distracting. In the dark areas, transparency is a plus because I can glaze thin layers of color easily to get a depth of shadow that retains some light.
Looking at this painting makes me think about the emotional resonance of color. Most of my paintings have a dominant color. How are our responses to a painting tied to the color of the work? are we able to go past the "I love yellow, therefore...; I dislike red, therefore..." judgment?