Daily Painting Challenge, January 2015, Day 12

January 12, 2015













oil on canvas panel, 6×6″

Time to revert to a predominantly red colour scheme, after yesterday’s blue-orange. It’s important I move round the colour wheel with this month’s daily paintings.











Readers of the Arthur Stern book will recognize the setup (and particular red-blue colour scheme) as very similar to one in the book.

The end result is more abstract than I would have liked, but each day and each painting brings new insights.

Handling the small panel while painting is proving a difficult balancing act: I need to bluetack it to a larger panel.

I’m fighting a natural tendency to re-use colours elsewhere in the painting; Arthur Stern is quite specific about each colour spot being created from scratch and quite different from every other one.

I did a very risky thing and moved my painting from the morning to the afternoon one. Painting had to take second place today. I am a morning person, but not too much was lost in the process, though, working outdoors, I was worried about fading light. I must keep in mind that bush flies are active in the afternoons.













I had the presence of mind today to do a complete 1st Statement before adding detail, a lesson learned from yesterday. The initial layer of Ultramarine Blue didn’t take well to the canvas panel, a case for underpainting in acrylic first.

I am keen to return to a subject involving translucency or transparency.

Thirty Paintings in Thirty Days, January 2015, organised by Leslie Saeta (http://lesliesaeta.blogspot.com.au).

Reference: Stern, Arthur. How to see color and paint it: a series of projects designed to open your eyes to colors you never saw before. New York, Watson-Guptill, 1984.


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