Strength in Immediacy and Helen Frankenthaler

12/27/17 Helen Frankenthaler was an American icon in the era of Abstract Expressionism. She’s been credited with initiating the subsequent movement of Color Field Painting where simplified compositions using large masses of color became part of the canvas.   Her soak-stain technique was the pathway to this new form of abstraction and consisted of a […]

Perpendicular Lines

5/16/16 Notes to Myself: “I am determined to maintain the perpendicular position” Lucy Stone “Perpendicular lines make right angles; they make possible extensions of both height and breadth. Right angles are weight-bearing. We speak of asserting something “squarely”, making perpendiculars. People who speak their minds freely and assert their individuality feel perpendicular to the corners […]

Painting with a Foundation

3/28/16 Notes to Myself: Building a foundation in painting is an important part of the process for me. I start with a value study in Ultramarine Blue. Navigating the canvas, I start to define the range of lights and darks. Simplifying the space to its most important elements as I experience it. Sometimes the wheels […]

Winter Light and Dark

2/13/16 Notes to Myself: As a painter I know the value of light and dark to a composition. I’m a composition, although, not always in balance. With winter being one of my favorite seasons I don’t think I really consider the value or gift of shorter days or being indoors more often because it’s cold. […]

Transitions

Having wrapped up a series of posts on composition I must admit to feeling a little unsure of where to go with my “ArtFull Thoughts”. What comes up is the word transition.  Perhaps fitting as the season begins to shift from summer to fall.  Leaves are changing color and beginning to float to the ground. […]

The Composition #12

“The elements of composition embrace the whole creative process.” The Art of the Artist – Composition – by Fletcher Martin   The COMPOSITION #12 This post wraps up the series on “Composition”.  I hope the last 11 weeks have been helpful and prompted further discovery or question. I’ve touched on many of the foundations that […]

The Composition #11

“The elements of composition embrace the whole creative process.” The Art of the Artist – Composition – by Fletcher Martin   The COMPOSITION #11 Many elements of composition have been covered over the past weeks.  What I’d like to touch on this week is  TEXTURE as part of a composition.  Perhaps we are more familiar […]