Sunday, April 30, 2006

Abstract Detail

Untitled, Oil on Muslin, 4 x 4', ©ander. All rights reserved.

I got a notice regarding my 30 year high school reunion. I've yet to attend any of these "self-promoting", "gossip mongering", "clique-ish" forums. I choose to be part of the blogosphere instead.

This painting was created 31 years ago. It is part of my private collection. I was a year shy of my high school graduation. This piece hangs in the living room of my parents' home.

It is part of a series during my "cosmic" phase. I used gravity as the method to form the shapes and texture on the surface. Muslin was the best material to use to get the kind of results I was looking for. It was light and very forgiving.

Using warm and cool colors allowed the versatility of opposites to work simultaneously. I seldom go towards monochromatic schemes.

Wednesday, April 26, 2006

The Journey

Artist's Palette . . .

At the end of each year, I clean my palette to prepare it for the upcoming New Year. Several years ago, I decided rather than trash the oil paints, I simply transfer the paint from the palette to a clean canvas. Through the year, each time I prepare my palette for a new project or begin a new series, I place the old paint onto the canvas. As the year progresses, and works are completed, the canvas develops a life of its own. By the completion of the year, I have created an abstract painting. It also becomes an archive of the color palette used throughout the year. To date, I have a total of 15 abstract palette paintings.

How many years have I been doing this? You do the math.