Tuesday, August 9, 2016
This experience is very different for me. Inch by inch, I follow the patterns and only until today have I really seen the results starting to appear. It must be the same experience that the genius artist, Chuck Close, went thru.
His painting is 102" high by 84.5" wide - meaning he handled a massive undertaking that involved hundreds of roughly 2.5" squares, each with it's own personality and color combination.
At some point today, on day 4, I made up a new palette on my pizza pan that involved what colors I've been mixing. Jewel tones mostly. And trust me, I put down a color, wash the brush, add another color, wash the brush - repeating that about.... let's see.... about 385 times in an area 6" x 1.5". CRAZY.
What's on my mind as I paint this is how Close made his decisions for shapes, colors, etc per cell. When I back away, I see some logic, but the rest is magic.