Monday, August 31, 2009

On the Easel



Usually, in my paintings you won't see any ground. I prefer the sense of ambiguity that is created without placement and the largeness and heaviness of feel the use of sky alone alludes to. I am unsure about the "ground" but it works. I just have to figure out the imaginary lighting. I like the weird feel of the sky. What seems funny to me now is that the tamarin does not look like a real animal. He looks like something out of children's illustration. Yet, the reference photo I am using looks like this. Overall, it is evolving into something special. My light is gone, so time to step away from it.

4 comments:

Kathleen Krucoff said...

I really love the way this is developing. The sky seems like it's boiling with a storm. There's a lot going on here and I like the changes you've made so far.

Dean Grey said...

It's neat to hear your thought process on this painting, Tracey!

I never noticed about the ground thing until you mentioned it! How interesting.

The sky looks angry, moody, and intense! That's why it's so neat!!

This is coming along nicely!

-Dean

sam said...

You have been productive Tracey! I think you have a wonderful style of painting, and the dark backgrounds add a lot of mystery to your work. I agree I dont think you always need a ground, then you can let your imagination come to life!

Gwen Bell said...

Wonderfully disturbing! I think the thing that moves me are the eyes. They are almost human and intensely staring. The teeth have a human quality as well. That along with the fur gives it a "shrunken head" sort of feeling. Love it! Your paintings always stir up such a dream-like atmosphere.