|Pebbles by j. c. phillipps Jan 2012|
Hello. It's week 2 of my practice into abstract painting. I have to confess that I did a really, really ugly painting last week. It was so ugly that I scrapped it. I'm hoping to be able to use the other side of the paper. I blocked the whole thing out in rectangles and then just started filling in the colors. The problem I have had in the past was a wack-a-doodle color scheme, so I tried to remedy that by choosing a famous painting and using that scheme. Nope. Still stunk. Maybe I'm not meant to paint rectangles like that. It was gross.
So I returned to the formula that worked for me the first time: I found a photograph that sparked.
It was actually a sky. The gradation from blue to lights in cloudy wisps was what got me going. There was even a little yellow in it. And one black bird.
So I did the gradation. And the wisps. But I wasn't trying to recreate the photograph - only to use it as a starting point. So no bird. Instead I made a blue/green shape. It was that big one kinda in the middle. Then I made a few more. Just shapes. Then, when I had five shapes it started talking to me.
We're pebbles on the shore, they said.
Oh. Fantastic. I mean, I didn't then aim to make a realistic pebble painting, but it gave me a bit of a path to follow.
There was a moment when I was weaving the black through that I thought I'd botched it completely, but some wet ochre mellowed it out. Actually, it was vertical too - but when it was finished I kinda liked it horizontal.
So there you have it. Abstract #2. Pebbles.