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Thursday, 31 July 2008

Texture & Depth - Snow on the Mountains


Snow on the Mountains
Acrylic on acid free mount board
20.4 by 25.5 cm, 8 by 10 inches, including a 1.3 cm, 0.5 inch, white border

I was attracted to the snow on the mountains and wanted to emphasize the luminous glow of the snow. Texture is normally seen in the foreground and not the background. In this situation, I adopted techniques similar to the impressionists. I put thick strokes of a pink tinged white for the mountains’ snow. After this layer had dried, I glazed over the thick strokes with yellow in places and later added dabs of orange. Like impressionist works, if you view the painting up close, you see texture and a break up of form. When you are a few steps back from the painting, the texture is not as evident and you see the luminous yellow white snow.

Sunday, 27 July 2008

Abstraction of Representational Art-Orchids in Abstract


Orchids in Abstract
Acrylic on wrapped canvas
on wood stretcher bars,
25.5 by 30.6 by 1.9 cm, 10 by 12 by 0.75 inches,

I am a representational artist and this is one of my few attempts at abstract art. I liked the shapes of the orchids and wanted to paint them in an abstract theme. I believe I achieved drama by painting the flowers close to the picture plane and in a frontal view. I also wanted to achieve animation and movement with the repetition of the petals and colors. Others have told me that I also achieved unity. These elements and principles of art also apply to other forms of art, i.e. representational art. I do not know if the painting is attractive and exciting to others but I hope you enjoy this work.

Friday, 18 July 2008

Reflections on Water - Sun Setting over the Sea


Sun Setting over the Sea,
Acrylic on wrapped canvas
on wood stretcher bars,
20.4 by 25.5 by 1.9 cm, 8 by 10 by 0.75 inches,

I liked the reflections of the setting sun on the water. I also wanted one sail boat to be a silhouette in front of the sun. This was a difficult painting because the reflection on the water had to be a near mirror image of the sun and sky. Despite this, I had to make the horizon line of the sky separate from the water. I added a minor white glaze over the water in the background and a violet color to the horizon line of the sky.

Saturday, 5 July 2008

Complementary Colors-Hibiscus 1



Hibiscus 1
Acrylic on wrapped canvas
10 by 12 inches, 25.5 by 30.6 cm

I liked the lyrical movement of the flower. This image also gave me the opportunity to use the complementary colors of purple and yellow. The colors enhance each other and make the flower glow. The pink of the flower is also more luminous because of the muted green background.