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.


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!


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.