Wednesday, March 15, 2017
This is a very unusual painting for me. I painted the border and the center part about a month ago as part of a program for my local art group, Placerville Art Association. Pen Slade brought a photo she had taken and four of us volunteers painted from that photo during the meeting.
It was a challenge for me because I'm not a landscape painter and I knew that the photo would be a landscape. I just looked for blocks of color and took it from there. As I looked at it over the past few weeks, I determined to not do any more work on the central landscape. As I continued to look at it, I imagined blue crows in that landscape so I did these silouhettes in a medium/dark blue. My intention was to add some detail to the crows with glazes of Indigo to develop form and a suggestion of the main body, wing, and tail shapes.
But my sister declared the painting "finished" when she saw it this morning. And since I don't think she's ever said that about any of my other paintings, I decided to honor her opinion. It's finished!
I do like the use of color in this painting and my departure from "natural" color. Perhaps I'll do more.