"SANDSTONE" 11005, daily painter geologic abstract © Carol Nelson Fine Art

"SANDSTONE" 11005
"SANDSTONE" underpainting
I took a workshop yesterday.  It was about approaches to abstract expressionism.  We examined the work of three prominent artists, including Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko, and Richard Diebenkorn.

Of the three, Diebenkorn is my favorite probably because his style is the closest to the type of work I do.  We worked on raw canvas that was stapled to a firm support - masking tape covers the staples so they don't get paint on them and become harder to remove.

Above you can see the under painting, which was in warm tones analogous to the finished piece.  I scraped the painted surface with a large comb to make some parallel lines.

If you compare the random color fields of the under painting, you can see that I merely enhanced what was already there.  It was truly a case of letting the painting paint itself.

Of course, it ended up looking like a geologic abstract!  No surprise there.  I'm not putting this on my website yet because I'm not sure how I'm going to frame or mount it.  Right now it's stapled to a support and doesn't have a finished edge.

8 comments:

J Joy Nocifora said...

Very interesting, Carol. I like the subtle changes in the warm hues. Nice!

AutumnLeaves said...

For some reason, the movie Journey to the Center of the Earth (original version) comes to mind. Can't wait to see it finished!

suzanneberry said...

i love this!!

Bren said...

I love getting a glimpse into your process. Love how you brought in tinges of purple with the warm tones.

Cynthia k. Agathocleous said...

Thanks for that insight into your process, Carol!

Melody Cleary said...

Fantastic design!! I love it. I wonder what the support is and if staples are all the mounting that's req'd. Do post about it.

My Artbox said...

This looks very different and fascinating.Looking forward to the end result.

Karen Bruson said...

Great color and shapes.