While in Canada last summer we stopped at Athabasca Falls. The water is a lovely turquoise. Wikipedia explains why the water is this color: ARock flour, or glacial flour, consists of fine-grained, silt-sized particles of rock, generated by mechanical grinding of bedrock by glacial erosion or by artificial grinding to a similar size. Because the material is very small, it becomes suspended in meltwater making the water appear cloudy, which is sometimes known as glacial milk. When the sediments enter a river, they turn the river's colour grey, light brown, iridescent blue-green, or milky white. If the river flows into a glacial lake, the lake may appear turquoise in colour as a result. When flows of the flour are extensive, a distinct layer of a different colour flows into the lake and begins to dissipate and settle as the flow extends from the increase in water flow from the glacier during snow melts and heavy rain periods. Examples of this phenomenon may be seen at Lake Tekapo, New Zealand, Lake Louise, Moraine Lake and Peyto Lake in Canada, and Gjende lake in Norway.
Because of the many values this was a difficult painting, but one in which I learned - again - the importance of comparing values throughout the painting. I squinted and scraped and repainted to achieve the results I wanted. I'm pleased with the outcome.
I never tire of painting faces. Although, we all have eyes, nose and mouth each face is unique and presents it's own challenges. When I began this series of mugshots I had no idea I would get to 119. With each painting I've learned something, sometimes technical, sometimes emotional. I hope to continue this journey with many more faces.
These paintings were accepted into Dutch Gallery's "Spring Reflections", their spring juried show. The second painting was abstracted from the first one and although I enjoyed painting both of them I have to say the abstract was more fun. The show runs from May14 to July 16. If you are in the Dallas area stop in and see some great art.
I am enjoying this little study of abstraction and will continue. I'm learning and having fun. For those who might enjoy exploring the figure in the abstract David Shevlino has a download that is helpful and very interesting to watch.
I've been working on painting the figure. My first attempt is simply the figure painted straight forward. This is the first painting in this process. My goal is to abstract the figure with lost edges, which is not as easy as it sounds. I'm looking forward to exploring the back and forth that takes place at the easel as the figure loses some of its definition. My next painting will be this same composition with the figure abstracted.
For purchase information click HERE. Thank you, Ruth Andre, for the fantastic dvds about painting with oil and wax! I found them to be, not only filled with your knowledge, but inspirational. I look forward to continue learning about painting with oil and wax. To view some of Ruth's work her web site is RuthAndre.com. Take a look!