10/20/10

GRATE REVISIONS

Several minor adjustments have been done to the top version of Amazing Grates. Using my squeegee and rubbing alcohol, I lifted off some random patterns to add lighter shapes which would help increase the movement in the painting. The lights help move the eye around better now. Minor spots of darks were touched in where more focus was needed, and a few blurs of orange were swished in too. Can you tell the difference between this and the older version under it?

This was painted with fluid acrylics on heavy weight YUPO, 40 x 26" It was a little unnerving to go back to it after thinking it was completed several months ago. I worked slowly making corrections, stepping back between nearly every stroke to see if I should proceed more or stop. Now I'm super pleased with it.

Sewer covers and manhole covers are things we pay little attention to, and yet you can find so many amazing patterns and textures in them. A future painting I hope to do will be of manhole covers from places I've traveled to. Since my sister-in-law was headed to Alaska this summer, I asked her to be on the lookout for any manhole cover that had 'ALASKA' on it so I could add it to my future 'grate travels' painting. She laughed when telling me that nearly the whole cruise ship was scouring the towns for an ALASKAN manhole cover. They found one for me, too. Thanks, Senie:-)

AMAZING GRATES Transparent Fluid Acrylics on Heavy Weight YUPO 40x26" COLLECTED

7 comments:

Cynthia Schelzig,Cynnie said...

Before or after,,,,even innnbetweeeen...I love it....what a fabulous piece!!

Joan Sandford-Cook said...

Strangely the top version with the changes makes me feel I am closer to it. I always loved this grate work of art and still do. Love both versions.

Vicki Greene said...

I had to look closely to see the changes but they did make a difference. I would not have known that it needed any additional work. Great painting and neat subject!

Joyfulartist said...

Very subtle but effective. It was sort of finding "Waldo". It always amazes me what one can "see" in one's painting after being away from it for a few weeks.

meera said...

well, thank you so much for showing how to make an already wonderful painting even more 'grate' :)

sue said...

Wow--amazing depth and interest throughout. Love it!

MB Shaw said...

These grates are super! It is funny but I always look at them too. I love your artistic interpretation though. Nice!!