24 May 2010

The Little Things

This is a sketch for a new 60" x 42" painting. Tomorrow the actual "painting" portion begins. Always look forward to a full Paint-On-Canvas day. And tomorrow will be especially exciting-- we get to break in our new oilcloth floor covering, which replaces the tattered piece of cardboard we've been using to soak up the stray specks of umber, cobalt and olive green!

22 May 2010

Black, White, Black, White

Recently, we've been spending some quality time with black and white. The ultimate high contrast experience. Timely, as we're about to end our time in a very warm place and return to a very not-so-warm place. Leaving a land of mystery for a home we know well.

Simultaneous contrast is not just a curious optical phenomenon, it is the very heart of painting. (Josef Albers)