March 19, 2013

A New Painting: "Untitled (Manganese Blue, Yellow, Orange)"


Untitled (Manganese Blue, Yellow, Orange), egg tempera on calfskin parchment, 5 1/2 x 7 1/2 in. 


Today, as I was working on new drawings, I was thinking about my widening art endeavors: strangely, instead of thinking that I am spreading myself too thin, I feel as though I am touching more and deeper parts of myself. Others may disagree, certainly, but for me, each series I work on calls up a different range of feeling. Even though I might use a similar compositional idea to the painting above in my prints or hooked wool drawings––using elements conversing with each other across a surface––the paintings slow process and illusionistic form impart quite a different mood.




The blue in this painting is mixed with Manganese Cerulean pigment and Titanium white. The blue is quite transparent, so it's close to impossible for me to paint an even tone; instead I tried to use its translucent quality to make a varied surface of subtly shifting hues.


11 comments:

  1. Altoon, this is an amazing painting, one of my favorites by you. I know exactly what you mean about manganese cerulean, I've been frustrated by how poorly it mixes with white, but you've used it to your advantage here, and I feel the texture in the varied surface is part of the success of the painting.

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    1. Thanks so much, Mona; I really appreciate it.

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  2. Beautiful piece - I am really taken in by your use of color.

    I am a new follower of your blog, and it feels like a visit to the country each time you post. Thanks!

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  3. wow! love this piece, can't wait to explore your blog more~*~*

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  4. Oh my! Unsure if expressing my thoughts well about this lovely painting. But the balance of tensions between the objects and their relationship to the frame, the illusion of space in such a shallow depth, subtle edge work, the rich, beautiful color field they inhabit. . . very intriguing. I keep returning to view it again.

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  5. Thank you, Sarah and Daniel. It's wonderful for me that the response to this painting is so positive.

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  6. you never mention, but I always notice how your paintings are muchly about how you love color. Yes--I get the form thing, and I like it, but the heart of it for me is the way the forms display their true loves, which is the pure bliss of color.

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    1. Thanks for your comment, Mia. One reason I title this series of works with the colors in parentheses is that they are a feature of the work. I have mentioned color before; in one post in this series I wrote "One thing I love about doing this new series of still life paintings is getting to play with saturated colors that I'd never see on a farm implement".
      But for me, form and color go together.

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  7. Beautiful color, yes; and I love that folded circle, a lot!

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    1. thanks, Ravenna. For me the folded circle is a touching, vulnerable form.

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