Saturday, February 27, 2010


Connie Kleinjans, Sidling, 6x6 oil on canvas
6x6x0.75", oil on stretched canvas

Oops. Haven't posted in awhile. I got busy with the paintings for the 20/20 show in Sacramento, and I also took on some contract work from my old profession. Touch economy; a little extra doesn't hurt.

Also, this painting didn't take off for me. I think I'd forgotten one of the basic rules for painters: Make no two things the same. The size of the items here is about the same. Mind you, they're lovely items (or, in the case of the persimmon, delicious!). But there's no energy from size contrast. I'm also thinking that the palette needs a little more color contrast. Maybe I should have made the background blue. Hmm. Kick up the value contrast by lightening up some places, perhaps. I'll think on it.

I'm also thinking of starting a series on how I do my textured abstracts. I keep playing around and figuring out more stuff, more materials to you, more details about techniques. That could be fun.