The basic design is complete, but as these colours are an ‘underpainting’ I intend on a much more developed range of hues based on how I ‘see’ the instruments within the music.
That, and the inevitable session of sanding and polishing after all the paint is laid down will also have a dramatic effect on the finished piece.
The basic design was created while listening to Coltrane’s exceptionally fine Blue Train session (Blue Note recording).
It looks like this is going to keep me busy for at least a few weeks (if all goes well) as I intend to really load on the paints and sand/polish the finished piece.
16×20″ Acrylic on Birch panel
This was a fun exercise in pareidolia.
The lighting is artificial from above and natural from below and, if you take the background as an even reddish grey, then the colouring will be obvious.
Free-flowing lines and a search for form within is the new method for a series I’ll be attempting over the winter in preparation for a show coming up in September of 2015. I enjoy combining bright colours in loose patterns with the intent of finding recognizable shapes within the overall work. In this case, it will be a well-dressed ‘dandy’ you might meet on the streets of Nairobi or New York City.
eta: Ignore the white spot… I was filling in a low area on the birch panel.
The soulful sounds of the Theremin flow from the hands of the master conductor.
Covered it entirely with a stone-like hue so that the thickened portions stand out from the background. It is lit with artificial light from above and natural from below.
This is what it initially looked like: