Closing out 2010 with some new work I want to share with you. I have sent four new works to the Julie Nester Gallery in Park City. Two of the paintings shown here are 60x60 and reflect movement toward a slightly lighter pallet. Additionally, I have been increasingly aware of color as a factor in my compositions and how squeezing value can help create mood and distance.
The dynamics of color use can be a daunting experience at times. For this reason I have scaled back my range of colors at different times to see what I can glean from the a limited pallet. After doing this for awhile I may find that the incremental introduction of new hues creates and alters the range of color relationships for the entire work, thereby adding more atmosphere and or brilliance.
I had the good fortune recently to view a number of works by Seurat at the DeYoung museum in San Francisco. This was part of a larger show of impressionist and post impressionist work currently on display at the museum. While Seurat's paintings demonstrate a deep analytical understanding of color and hue relationships, it is his conte or charcoal renderings on paper that present a masterful view of value and modulation of value to the viewer. In my painting entitled "Beyond the Margins" I have explored a more subtle ;use of value and tone to create mood, atmosphere and distance. The same study was explored in the painting "Near the Estero" (seen below)