Have you ever felt something that just urges you on, an inkling from deep within that you can shake? A couple of years ago, my inner voice kept pushing me, “I want to paint big-much bigger, to be loose and bold!”
There was an image that I had painted years before, of Amsterdam with its houses and canals. I felt this image tugging at me but it wanted to be bigger and wilder-the vision made me wild.
I started drawing it-small at first then larger and larger until it was ontwo 30″ x 40″ canvases, making a diptych parentheses a two-piece painting) that was 40″ high x 60″ wide.
The houses tilted enrolled until they took on their own distinct personalities.
Keeping that in the forefront when I began painting, each house was painted directly and decisively I felt the quandry with the windows, they were the eyes to what was seen inside and out.
I chose to use thin watery layers which had a more organic, soulful touch.
The sky was giving me particular trouble. I loved the idea of green clouds and looking for a strong contrast, I put in pink.
Did not work for me at all! So I covered the sky with copper which had a similar value to the pink but the metallic gave it more edge.
But a copper sky didn’t work it for me either. So I covered it with the blue, leaving some of the copper shining through. This let me complete this fantasy place with verve! (Final version at top.)
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