Wednesday, January 18, 2017

4 Beginnings to the Same Painting Subject

I love teaching. The experience stretches me to think in different ways. Last week, I wanted to show my new students how the background color of a painting can change the appearance of the end product. Thought that it would be fun to share it here.

First, I want to tell you what inspired these paintings. In December, I was able to visit Panama. My father lived in Panama during WWII, so it is a place that I have wanted to visit for decades. I like to walk in places that I can imagine he did. I was not disappointed because the lush landscape was beautiful.

One morning before sunrise, I roused myself from bed to attempt to see some of the exotic birds in the Gamboa Rainforest area. With flashlight in hand, and looking out for snakes, I ventured out. One particular tree seemed to be the place to go. There was a cacophony of noise coming from the branches, which was a clue to me that some good bird action must be going on there. While standing quietly, looking into that particular tree, I turned around to see the sun beginning to rise behind me. Both scenes took my breath away. The noise I was hearing in the tree was being made by a multitude of birds, while what was at my back was a magnificent rising sun. Magic!!

Making these paintings helped me relive that magic. Hope you enjoy them too.

This was the first pastel painting that I did in the experiment. I began with a green background.
"Panama Skies Magic #1,"  6 x 4 inches, Pastel on Uart Paper, © Lynn Goldstein 
Detailed closeup so that you may see the green background peeking through

After doing the painting with a green background, I realized that a yellow background
would be a good choice because it would give me the glowing color that I wanted.
I used the exact same palette, with the exception of an added shot of turquoise and dark purple.
"Panama Skies Magic #2, 12 x 9 inches, Pastel on Uart Paper, © Lynn Goldstein

Here's a detail so that you may see the yellow peeking through.

For this 3rd painting, I used a purple background. This one was the most difficult because that purple fought with the glowing sky that I was trying to portray. I am satisfied with the end result which started to become more abstracted.
Again, I used the same palette for each painting.
"Panama Skies #3," 12 x 9 inches, Pastel on Uart Paper, © Lynn Goldstein

See that purple peeking through the pastel layers? 

As a result of the purple background painting, I decided to do one more and abstract the image even further.
Since I enjoyed using the yellow background, I did that again.
"Panama Skies Magic #4," 6 x 4 inches, Pastel on Uart Paper, ©Lynn Goldstein

One more closeup so that you can see the background color (yellow) peeking through.