RED TRUCK ON 7TH AVENUE
9" x 12"
oil on canvas boardAs you probably have noticed I have not been painting much lately as I have been working on writing and illustrating a book. That work is on hold for a bit so I began again to think about painting. As usually happens when there is a hiatus in work this caused me to think seriously about what I was doing. For years I have been trying to use more paint and work with simpler shapes. Yet I always end up making rather complicated compositions even though I am working quite small. Apparently I am stuck with a desire to paint a complicated scene so I decided to use the computer to simplify the composition using several "filters" in photoshop. Then I mixed my paint into a juicy pile and went to work filling the shapes created. I am enjoying this method.
This is the first painting I completed. Unfortunately my scanner is broken so I had to take a photo of the painting which leaves it looking quite flat. It actually has some texture as I am trying to allow the juicy paint to describe the shapes. The next painting has more texture. The third in this series is going to be larger so I will have room for even more texture. It is rather funny I think that it is so difficult for me to use more paint. I must coax myself into it.