Sunday, February 17, 2008
Green Bottle 12"x16" oil on linen panel.
Alla Prima 2.5 hrs
Last week in my Direct Painting Class, we had the challenge of painting this set up. She showed us some work by Morandi
I chose not to paint in his style, as I find the lack of light, lack of shadows occasionally, and lack of form, bothersome. That is not how I want my painting to be seen. However, I do like the fact that he can take a few items and paint them many times in many different view. He creates a tension within his work that would be hard for me to want to create. Yet, when I view his composition, I am interested as to why he chose to crunch the vases together, or why he didn't flip his canvas to give more breathing room. When I consider the objects more as architecture, I loose the tension and see the gracefulness of each form, and the subtle variations of the edges.
What I had fun with was the reflections. At first you might not notice them. The tables are made of a dark gray surface. When this is lit with the spot, they are a very light warm gray. The more I looked the more I saw the subtleties of the reflections. Someone in class thought I made them up. I typically do not make things up. I do find however, that the more I look, the more color I see in my surroundings. Am I pushing this? Or am I just able to see clearer now that this has become a priority to me? I have learned that the brain is a fascinating muscle. It is extremely plastic, and can be retrained. So I would bet that my daily observations are creating a clearer picture where color is concerned.
Posted by Robin Neudorfer at 11:56 AM