Sunday, 11 May 2008
colour and linework tests
This whole week I've been exploring, experimenting and going back to basics with colour and technique. I'm finding too often that I get halfway through a painting and get stuck with the colours or wish I had done something differently because I only had a vague idea of what I wanted when I began. I have found working like that to be frustrating and not giving me the results I want. I have too many half finished paintings lying around the house because of it. So it finally occurred to me that maybe I was doing something a teeny bit wrong and it's time to fix it.
When I have worked out the separate components (colour, technique, composition, line work, materials), I'll then try and put it all back into a picture and see if it works out any better.
I'm re-reading the book Blue and yellow don't make green. Good book, based on science and research. And I love the satanic book cover with it's burning colour wheel. Makes me want to light my own colour wheel on fire. But I won't. I love my colour wheel.