Thursday, June 21, 2012

Studio (6.20.12): Purple in progress




Works in progress. Something more purple this way comes...

I've had this thing for Dioxazine Purple lately. Well, actually, I've had a thing for it since I first saw Franz Kline's "Torches Mauve" at the Philadelphia Museum of Art years ago, as a kid. That painting made a serious imprint on my mind and was a huge reason (among others) for my moving to abstraction in the late 80's. They usually keep it out and I like to visit it once in a while just to stand there and stare in awe at it. I always feel like I'm visiting an old friend whenever I go to the museum. I also like to visit "Fifty Days at Illiam", aka, the Cy Twombly room , as well. There's usually no one back there, so I generally have that room to myself when I go. 

I haven't been this obsessed with using a single color in a long time, and *gasp" (whispter) right out of the tube! That almost never happens with the colors I use, with a few exceptions, like certain yellows, blacks and whites. Most of the time, I'm trying to find some way to move a color away from it's original chromatic state, even if the change is barely perceptible to the viewer. It's exciting to see how many different ways a color can look and react when it's combined with another, and it's very likely that those mixed colors will appear to change again when placed next to or on top of another while painting. Oh, the possibilities...

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