Tuesday, December 17, 2013
I thought I would never finish this work this past year. After leaving it for a couple of months, I returned to it today to finish it. Is a painting ever finished? Some would argue "No." Perhaps ones day in the coming months I will add or change a few things that I thought should be different while photographing it this afternoon, however for today I will proclaim that it is done. There are several posts on this blog in the months of June, July and August that feature this works progress.
The thing is complete when you can let it be.
- Gita Bellin
Friday, December 13, 2013
I teach color theory. I have decided to paint all color principles I ask my students to paint. I believe in the color principles defined by Johannes Itten. I am a convert to my belief. I thought his color principles were dated and old fashioned. After teaching color theory, I started seeing the principles defined by Itten everywhere, every day in movies, advertisements, clothing, etc. I realized his ideas about color are alive and well. This is a still life of my daughter's toys. In the work, I am interested in painting a subject I can approach in a straight forward manner. I am at my best as a painter when I have a direct perceptual reference. Morning Battles takes on Itten's Contrast of Hue. I thought that color contrast would be the best for my idea. Conflict is a form of abrupt communication and hard transitions. Light/dark contrasting colors exemplifies dual, conflicting feelings of joy & exasperation I experience in the early mornings while trying feed and dress a toddler.
Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Monday, December 9, 2013
I paint each day as to finish the painting, and I am always disappointed when it is not. Made some strides to day in color and structure. I believe I will finish this work this week.
I dream of painting and then I paint my dream.
- Vincent Van Gogh
Friday, December 6, 2013
Wednesday, December 4, 2013
...beginning a new painting!
The greatest temptation and danger is to rely on previous solutions and thus paint the same picture for the rest of your life. - Charles Movalli
It can't look like you've worked hard and long, even if you have. A painting should be done quickly with both your intellect and your nerves. When they give out, stop.
- Charles Movalli