Why are white paintings magnificent works of art? Why especially when the most common response after viewing a white painting is my child could have painted this. The true question to the viewer is could you really the textures he achieved and would you know how too? As a painter I find minimalism and deconstructing a painting to be harder than creating a complex one. Mainly because of the self restraint that would need to be present while creating. Imagine yourself writing a letter. Then imagine yourself decreasing your pressure steadily as you continue to write. You begin to think more now then when you were just writing to write. The process of restraining while creating opens the composition to other possibilities outside of the obvious visual. Textures, tone, and the layout of those aspects becomes the composition. Maybe to some a white painting will just be seen as only white but true courage would be to try it yourself.
If you ever wondered, the planets I’m working on now are Neptune, Mercury, and Jupiter. These three are the planets that I figured would be the hardest to create concepts for. Although Mercury is an interesting god the planet is one of the hardest to study being the closest to the sun and possesses a rather dull look. Neptune ok the other hand possesses a beautiful blue color. But the blue conflicts with the background of blue I typically use in every painting I have. Jupiter possesses many alluring attributes but yet again the concepts of the god made it difficult to create a composition. Jupiter is the king of the planets also known as Zeus the god of thunder. Lightning bolts are easy to paint but cutting the composition in the shape of a zig zag isn’t as appealing as it might sound. After a few weeks of contemplating compositional layouts I’ve settled on a design desision for each planet. Color options will be considered moving forward followed by beginning each painting. To see more behind the scenes of the “Life” series subscribe to my mailing list for blog alerts.
This week will be frame week. During this time I will be considering color options for each paintings frame. Each post it note in the photograph above has a written color with the best color for each painting . Each color was chosen based on the accent color that exist in the painting already. After more consideration a final decision will be made. Stay tuned for the design unveiling of the last three paintings Mercury, Neptune, and Jupiter.
“ Life” My Art Series based on the solar planets is almost complete. One year ago I began the series for school and fell in love with the assignment. The secrets of outer space create an allure that’s too irresistible not to imagine. With this series, I strive to capture the visual nostalgia of exploration. Combining the emotion of Nostalgia, the universal law of rhythm, and iconography of the Roman gods the “life” series was created. Hermes Trismegistus, an Egyptian philosopher stated "Everything flows, out and in; everything has its tides; all things rise and fall; the pendulum swing manifests in everything; the measure of the swing to the right is the measure of the swing to the left; rhythm compensates.”. Everything in life is created, evolves, and ceases to exist in the end. The natural cycle of life stands as a reminder to journey through life living it to the fullest because nothing stays the same. Although the end of this project is near I look forward to seeing the series together completed. Stay tuned for the design unveiling of the last three paintings Mercury, Neptune, and Jupiter.
If your a big fan of glass bead gel you will love granular gel. Goldens granular gel creates a glass like texture as the glass beads but with thicker particles. The texture appears to look like thick crushed glass instead of small beads. Paint your texture how every you would like but my favorite is using liquitex high flow grandparents to show the colors underneath the texture.
Brittany lives and works in Houston, Texas where she was born and raised. Growing up with a car artist father, and an educator mother she was taught to follow her dreams and accomplish her goals. Her experience in the art world has taught her to incorporate what she loves and what she knows to create innovative works of art.