These are a bit different than what I’ve painted up until now. Simply put, I’ve started adding bits of bright colors–such as fluorescent red and fluorescent green–against larger areas of more muted tones.
In the back of my mind, I’ve been thinking about Picasso–not his forms, shattered faces, or cubism as much as his use of color. y thoughts and observations unconsciously affect my painting.)
What I’ve been paying attention of late, is Picasso’s use of color. Picasso was a brilliant master of color. But one thing about his use of color that has begun to stand out to me, more and more looking at images of his work, is his use of bright color punctuated amid mixed and muted tones. Or, sometimes the reverse–overall intense color punctuated by areas of muted tones. A device of contrast used brilliantly over and over in his work. Take a look at the images of Picasso’s paintings that I’ve collected on my Pinterest board here. I’m not aware of Picasso ever using fluorescent paints, but he, like no other, knew how to handle tone and color so that they work together and create a contrasting separation.
Last year, Vicki Amorose wrote an article on how artist use twitter for Professional Artists magazine, and included me + the mage featured one of my paintings as a full-page, and now I found out that the article won a design award– first place for best feature design in the trade/technical category for the Florida Magazine Association. Read about it here.
“I’m very pleased to let you know that I have chosen your work to be featured in a digital display entitled “Pattern Play”. “
“Pattern Play” is a new exhibition of original art on digital display at Culver City’s premier design destination, Helms Bakery District. Curated by art advisors Katherine Henning and Jessica McQueen, “Pattern Play” features a selection of works by emerging artists from around the world who are part of the Saatchi Art community. Including painting, collage, and printmaking, the show highlights patterns and motifs that connect the worlds of art and design. Currently on view in Los Angeles through August 15th.
Have you ever painted something that just doesn’t seem to fit in with anything you’ve done before, or what you are working on now? But then there they were, bothering me for weeks! So, I decided to go ahead and photograph them and then put them away.
It’s difficult to get the camera to see the fluorescent paint the same way it looks to me.
Here is the painting, which I titled Prenomen, anoverlay of abstract line work on fluorescent red and green quadrants.
I adjusted the exposure to tone-down the glow of the fluorescent colors to more in-keeping with how they actually appear. Here is a cropped version of the same painting but allowing the camera to capture and exaggerate the fluorescent glow–(the painting really does not look this bright at all hanging on a wall).
So, I’ve sold one. A print on metal on the Displate site. You can view my portfolios of art available as prints in metal on Displate here.
Here is a screen shot of the print that sold. Displate prints the image on metal, and adds a hologram sticker to the back to verify authenticity. They also include a magnet wall mounting device in the order shipped to the buyer.