Year Long Canvas installment #6, copyright 2014, Jo Ann Brown-Scott
When a painter is working he is aware of the means which are available to him – these include his materials, the style he inherits, the conventions he must obey, his prescribed or freely chosen subject matter – as constituting both an opportunity and a restraint. (John Berger)
Well today is Monday, class day. As you can plainly see for yourself, something snapped today. I broke out, flipped out, escaped the status quo, threw caution to the wind and decided I would add color with wild abandon. Whether you like it or not, you can be sure it is a temporary transitional composition, and it will not survive a year. Undoubtedly it will lead to something else. But it has successfully taken things in a more chaotic, but controlled progression, more free-spirited and bold, so perhaps the lesson this week is that I have set a tone and decided I will not allow this image to be boring. I will not allow old age to rob its energy….even after a long long year.
In case you had not noticed, I worked on the painting in the upside down orientation from before – I just turned is on its head and solved the problem of the vast void at the top of the canvas that I mentioned in the last #5 post. So that issue has been solved. It still has its rhythm, but lots more color. Splatters and lines are a favorite of mine and those have multiplied to help fill the void. I didn’t want to lose the giant swoop, the swish, the motion of the composition – and it is still there in spite of the fact that we flipped it – the swoosh may be sacrificed and disappear at some point for the betterment of the whole thing but for now it remains.
That’s about it for this week – I have finished 2 other canvases this week that were way more fun to work on than this one. And as a bonus, my esteemed instructor, Homare Ikeda, likes them. Sorry to say that one of the side effects of this year long project is that it is too academic for me, too restrained. I like my freedom!
I am a bird in a gilded cage, and actually I have no complaints. I feel fortunate to be there and I am singing.
Love the progression of color. Each time you add an element of color, I think, ok, this really should be it. No more work. And then… you add new colors, and the thought process repeats itself. Can’t wait to see the next one.
Well I am glad I didn’t lose you with that craziness!
I love the color you’ve added!
It was a big decision – what color? How much?
It sorta looks like a confetti surprise but things will make more sense as we go along…..that’s the theory and I’m stickin to it.
Jo, it is already so powerful…so very beautiful….just like it’s creator.
Many thanks to you my friend, for taking the time to make such a lovely comment!