Sunday, February 21, 2010
I just finished Pause. Pretty much a day long project and most of the time petrified that I'd mess up many of the wonderful elements that make the piece so special to me. I really love this particular canvas and have used the energy from it to start four other works. I honestly feel it's one of my very best works. The composition and brush strokes are just spot on in my mind. It's just set the bar up that much higher for the rest of the paintings for the show and that's what it's about.
The tricky part with this painting was transitioning from full color into black and white (I say that loosely, because the juxtaposition of warm blacks/greys and cool blacks/greys are far from monochromatic). I used this color strategy to control where the eye goes in the piece as well as amplifying what is indeed in color. I'm using more color, but I like subtlety and a minimal pallet.