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That Other Neutral Triptych

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  That Other Neutral Triptych wrapped canvases 10x10x1.5" (x3) professional grade artist materials I worked on this smaller series at the same time as the addition of the two to larger pieces for the original neutral painting.  It is more or less the same paints, but have tweaked a few of the colors so it would be noticeably different than the larger set. I will include a few images here that may be a bit confusing, but since I explained above on how I worked on these, you will see what I meant... I began with taping the three together so I could paint all at once, This triptych is in the bottom left of the next three images. I added German Dressmakers Tape (kraft paper 'tape')  to the pieces here and sadly am now seeing how few photos I took of this series progression.  Just know I used similar progressions but different as I did not want them to look the same - only feel similar. 🠉 the color blockings are being added  🠋smoothing out the busyness below.  This is the st

A Neutral Triptych

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Neutral Triptych wrapped canvas 12x24x1.5" (x2) 24x24x1.5" (x1) professional grade artists materials I did say the neutral one needed a friend (or two) didn't I?!  For the las couple of weeks I have been busy adding these two gems to the initial 24x24" piece and must say - love how they turned out! Same color palette, same process... It is times like these that I wish I had a large studio and/or easel (neither which are already small) 😏! This was the best way for me to start matching up the colors and of course make the pieces cohesive.  There is a lot of back and forth and I'm not going to bombard you with the subtle differences over the course of the weeks it took to get to the  final results... So happy with how these came together! Golden Paints: Neutral Gray Values 3 & 6, Van Dyke Brown, Yellow Ochre, Zinc White, Titan Buff, Iridescent Bright Gold, Iridescent Stainless Steel, Micaceous Iron Oxide, Sepia, Transparent Shading Gray. Color Marking: HB Penc

The Neutral One

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  "The Neutral One" 24x24x1.5" wrapped canvas professional grade artist materials -acrylics This is my "I've lost count" go at a neutral painting.  Surprisingly, it didn't take as long as my last few and I only walked away a couple of times - just not the usual week or too - out of pure frustration. To start off, I pulled what I thought would be a good selection of neutral paint colors and that one pop - for me it is almost always yellow. Creating a palette is a new process for me as introduced via Julie Prichard in her newest workshop Expanding on Color. I won't go into much detail here out of respect for her and her workshop. If you are interested in it, please head over to her site and check it out.  For now, here are a few images of the process I took while making this piece... Apparently I didn't take photos of the beginning of this piece (maybe be more over on Instagram?) - here is me simply adding more marks over the base of the painting.

Swept Away

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"Swept Away" 18x24x1.5" wrapped canvas professional grade artist materials - acrylics This is a piece from April that came together pretty quickly, which as you may have noticed doesn't always happen. I had an idea of using Turquoise Phthalo along with  Cadmuim Orange and then of course the blacks, whites and creams for creating contrast and values.  I initially went off of a rough sketch from my sketchbook journal and quickly knew it wasn't going to work as I had intended. The biggest thing I have learned over these last few years of sketchbook/journal work is that more often than not, they simply do not translate to the canvas. Makes me wonder if it is the sketch or if it is in my color choices, or because of the way I have currently been painting. That makes me think often, am I trying two totally different processes? Probably, but that is for another day! Back to the piece... The initial sketch... The first go at coverage... Adding contrast and accent color..

201

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"201" 24x24x1.5" wrapped canvas  Professional Grade Artist Materials - Acrylics This is me again going (way) outside my comfort zone! I wanted to use a color once again I very seldom use - green! Boy, was in over my head for a while on this one.  I had to did deep and ask for a lot of input from Julie (and even her mentor Chris Cozen) to walk me off the ledge on this one. Once I got out of my own head, things really started to come together and I saw the finish line. And I will say I crossed it with a lot of satisfaction. This piece was based on the process of another of Julie's classes - Caught Up in the Layers.  It provides a very thought provoking number of steps to get to your end game. Having a video workshop and companion printed book (and now digital version), make for a fantastic way to learn and implement your own art practices. Please note that not all the steps are shown or talked about due to this being a paid (and active)  class on her website. the palet

202

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  "202" 24x24x1.5" wrapped canvas profession grade artist materials - acrylics I started this one mid December 2020. I had a plan from the start and surprisingly was able to stay on track right to the end. This piece was was based on the concepts taught by Julie Prichard's online workshop Expressionism Vol 2 (my personal favorite). I stuck with the steps she laid out but of course had to also use my own knowledge on what I knew and liked. The only issue I ever really had with this one was the dominant color - Teal.  This is a color I have a real aversion to from a past instructor and let's not mention over kill on the market.  If you know me, I clearly don't follow the norm. I was definitely able to get through this on fairly quickly, just less that three weeks start to finish. The visual layers on this one are very interesting and love the depth of colors, contrast and shapes. Here are a few process images to show you how I got to the completed image... as i