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It’s not much. Another simple mountain scene, this one done on an 8 x 10 canvas panel. What’s special about this one — to me — is that I finally painted mountains that I like.
I created this using Photoshop Elements 2.0 several years ago using a photo I took of a violinist in a Danse Macabre at a Renaissance Faire.
I sometimes like to experiment with very basic forms or very basic ideas. In this case I chose the sun. The painting is 24 inches by 36 inches. I used a large salad bowl to make the circle for the sun. I wanted to contrast the yellow of the sun with the blue of the sky. I applied different tones of blue from the paint tubes along with a few dabs of other colors placed strategically around the canvas to draw the viewer’s eye to different areas. Then I smeared them around with putty knives and palette knives. I laid the yellow of the sun on thick and shaped it with palette knives to give the sun a rough texture and to make it seem like it is whirling.
This is one of my earliest works where I was learning to develop a color strategy. I kept the texture rough by using palette knives. I made the yellow lines by dribbling paint from a sample of indoor house paint I obtained at a local paint store. I like dribbling paint, because it adds an element of randomness. I attempt to stir the emotions and intellect by using a combination of irregular (usually) shapes and colors. All my painting is very subjective. I decide what colors and shapes to use based on how they make me “feel” for lack of a better term. For example, some shapes give me the impression of being more or less violent while others may seem more or less peaceful. The same is true of colors. Some seem more peaceful or sedate than others. I choose the name of the work on a similar basis or sometimes at random–like a Rorshach test–I just use the first word that pops into my mind as the title. Often I use musical terms like symphony or concerto in the title, because those works are also a combination of subjective artistic elements flowing together to create a whole.