new painting

New painting!

New painting!

barragansquare_01

So, a new painting! This was challenging to me! It's inspired by the same picture of Barragan architecture as the last painting I posted, but here I went out of my comfort zone with the colors. I wanted colors that were bright and clear, but still serene. I didn't want a pop-art-palette, as that would be very against the essence of Barragan. This resulted in various failed attempts and I had to re-paint parts of it. The blue was too turquoise and the white with a hint of green became green with absolutely no hint of white whatsoever. But I think the final result turned out quite as I imagined it. In the next painting I will try to see if I can use a bit of pink (oh no, I'm affected by blogging already) with the orange, as Barragan did. I'm already testing out different options...

Testing options for next painting...

Testing options for next painting...

Finding the right shade of blue... first attempt.

Finding the right shade of blue... first attempt.

Something that rhymes with orange?

Something that rhymes with orange?

New painting!

New painting!

Finished this painting last week. The process? When I was roaming the web I found a picture of some Barragan architecture that I liked. (Barragan was an mexican painter who loved colors and clean spaces) .I traced the lines on see-through paper right of my ipad.

Then I took the sketch and changed it a little were I felt it had to be changed. I wanted the painting to have perspective, but still be very simple and abstract. I experienced with different color-combinations. At first the two light areas were only one, but I added the color-difference to emphasize the depth. Though a bit difficult to see in the photo; the lower of the two light fields have some blue in it as a contrast to the ocher. The other light field has some very, very pale green in it.

I discovered, showing it to different people that they interpret the depth differently. For me; It's concrete architecture in a big corn field, and I stand on the light blue part, looking out into the black. Others have said it looks like a kitchen, with a kitchen bench and they look out of a window into the white. For you it's probably something different, or nothing at all...

So what is it really? It's really is just lines.