3/19/09

LEFTOVERS

This very small painting came from the leftovers from the bubble print which began as a tree line - being the leftover from the other half of yesterday's post. This section of that print is only about postcard size. The original bubble texture that remains in the light bar in this finished abstract shows off the textures formed from the colored bubbles.

The top of the trees shown cut off here - now the new leftover -really doesn't have any area that makes me want to design a painting. It will be saved for a part of a future collage, but I posted it above the new abstract so you could see where it came from.

The compressed design of this abstract is one of the many things that Gerald Brommer teaches in one of his excellent workshops. The idea is that the narrow band of color and texture at the top of the painting presses down. The larger shape at the bottom also seems to exert pressure up. The thin band in the middle seems compressed and becomes the focal point of the painting. Allowing the bubbles to show clearly there helps make a surprise for the viewer. I do like how the bubbles remained in many other areas, too, adding subtle textures that could not be painted with a brush.

"MOULDED" Fluid Acrylic Bubbles with Transparent Watercolor, Conte Crayons, & Caran d'Ache Crayons on 140#HP Arches 5 x 8"

6 comments:

Ces said...

I am totally lost just reading the materials list line. I love love the rocks and now I remember, it was trees, how you painted them that captured me from the very beginning.

meera said...

I love the painting! That is how most of my abstracts come about - from failed, left over paintings too :)- and now you have given legitimacy to the process!! If you hadn't explained, no one would know how it started!

RHCarpenter said...

Very strong abstract taken from a "failed" painting - even though I say failed, I liked it very much even when it was just a cool color with white trees dancing. And, of course, liked seeing what you finally came up with after the washing off, changing colors, etc. You are making good use of the bubble technique!

Sandy Maudlin said...

Thanks, Ces, Meerea, and Rhonda for your vote of confidence that this is art. I'm thinking after posting it that it's not done....does anyone else see the two white umbrellas above the two figures? POSSIBILITIES ABOUND!

Chris Beck said...

All these years, I've been spelling "creative" wrong. It should be spelled "Sandy Maudlin"!!! You are amazing!!

Sandy Maudlin said...

Chris Beck, Thanks. Each time I hear from you, it's like getting a great hug!