Thursday, February 22, 2007

"Snow Fence" 6"x8" oil/panel

I am aware that this painting may appear to some eyes to be "unfinished". I think that this piece has a certain energy or immediacy in its' soul that is appealing in a small painting. The "unfinished" look I feel is part of what makes up this energy or immediacy that is seen or felt in this painting. For this reason, in my humble opinion, the painting is best left "as is". This painting is a twenty minute piece. Sometimes, things just happen.

The panel on which the painting was executed was prepared
with three coats of gesso and a final coat of a mixed acrylic
colour made up of Burnt Sienna and Raw Umber. This colour
ground may be seen as a warm "backdrop" to the other colours in
the finished painting.
The palette was a limited palette of Alizarin Crimson, B. Red

Ultramarine Blue , Cerulean Blue, Cadmium Yellow Light and
Titanium White. I used little or no medium in this painting.
The brushes in this piece were a "worn" number ten, and a
rigger brush.

I feel that this little painting becomes more exciting when it is isolated in a suitable frame.

'til next..


Martin said...

Hi Frank,
quite unusual set of colors. I like the "unfinished" character of this piece. It keeps the mind busy with "inventing" and "finishing" or exploring the potential.
Fully executed pieces don`t give me this kind of suspense.

Cara Dawn Romero said...

Great piece of work. One of my favorite things on your blog. I love the pace of the brushwork and color application. It involves me more a a viewer. You have inspired me to work looser.

Ed Terpening said...

It is s easy to overwork a painting. It takes guts and skill to put down your brush after you've said what you need to.

Frank A. said...

Thanks Martin. Hope all is well with you and yours.
Yes, I agree with you on this piece. It's a shame that knowing this, not all paintings could be finished as such. Oh Ed says, "guts and skill" and I might add,...time !

Take care.

Frank A. said...

Hi Cara
Thank you very much for the compliment. I love your wording "pace of the brushwork". I have never heard that expression before. I agree with your view that the looser work does involve or challenge the viewer, thus making for more interest. The tough part is to create this excitement consistantly. :-) It seems to easy to slip back into the "tight mode". :-)

Enjoyed your blog..

Take care.

Frank A. said...

Hi Ed. Great to hear from you again.

"It is s easy to overwork a painting. It takes guts and skill to put down your brush after you've said what you need to."

Aww..the words of a wise man..and I thank you for that indirect compliment. :-)

Take care.

Michael Pieczonka said...

Frank... This is a phenomenal little gem! There is something just sparkling about that red fence.