Thursday, October 23, 2014

RGB View


"RGB View"
9x12 acrylic on linen board
Available through DPW gallery/auction

This is another painting done for this month's VPO visit to County Kerry Ireland. I went a little bit crazy with the color compared to the original -- here's the link to the Google map street view. But, I was inspired!

RGB - Red, Green & Blue - pretty much sums up the color palette to this (although there is yellow as well). But the RGB colors dominate. And the more I painted & tweaked, the more pronounced those colors became! Actually, I used Red Oxide, Burnt Sienna & some Quinacridone Red-Orange in that foreground (along with Cad Yellow Light & Indian Yellow). I also added touches of these colors to the far hills to help tie it together. Added some Olive Green mixed with cad Yellow Light to those far hills to give a cooler tone to them (and there are subtle bits of that green mix in the foreground as well). Ireland is known for it's rolling green hills and I wanted to be sure they were present. 

And the sky - what can I say. I went crazy with the clouds! LOL

(There is a part of my brain right now, that says a roundish bush in the bottom left corner is needed for balance. I'm not sure that voice is correct, so I will stare at it a bit tonight. I think it is done - we'll see who is correct in the morning - me or my inner voice!)

I had fun visiting County Kerry Ireland, but I need to switch gears now. I have an idea for my next Mini-Master-Piece -- time to sketch!

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Ok, I played in Photoshop a bit with this (I do that often to try on different ideas before I put paint on canvas). Here's a photo of a possible change - no bush, but maybe some sprays of small yellow/green flowers in the foreground? It totally does change the painting - but for the better? What do you think? Should I make the change for real or leave it as is above?




6 comments:

Katherine Thomas said...

Love the colors and the composition! I'll be curious to know what you decided about the bush... I have my own thoughts about it, but will not presume to sway your artistic vision for your piece! But I'm curious what you'll do!

Nan Johnson said...

Thanks Katherine! I think the bush is out, it just seemed too big & grabbed the eye. But I've been playing with a copy of the painting in Photoshop to "try" different things on. (I do that often). Would love to hear what you think, really. I would!

CrimsonLeaves said...

Love the colors too, Nancie. I think the painting is already weighted on the left side so a bush there would be too much. But then I'm not an artist much so agree with Katherine on not wanting to sway your vision.

A.Decker said...

The top one has a more powerful impact, to me. The yellow sprays, since you asked, seem to weaken the compositional integrity. Just my response, but again, you asked. :-)

Terri Heal said...

I'm curious about your inspiration for the color choices or if you played with Photoshop as a step in the creative process?

Nan Johnson said...

Thanks to those with feedback - very much appreciated.

I agree Sherry, I have decided not to do a bush - it will grab too much attention from the viewer.

A.Decker - I agree with you, I think the yellow sprays take away from the composition. It definitely would change the mood of the painting!

Terri - I use Photoshop as a tool all the time. I use it to combine pieces of photos for new compositions. And I will enhance colors, or change them. It's my preferred tool for "trying" on changes, and for starting new ideas. But my inspiration on the 2 recent paintings came from studying the Van Gogh painting. I think his vibrancy of color impacted me a bit. That, and I've been making it a point to add more color to my new work of late. Thanks for asking

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