a new painting finished

i’m so excited to share this painting with you. i’ve had an opportunity to live with it, stare at it, study it, and i’m ready to share it and hear your thoughts. i approached it in a similar manner to the green painting i did earlier, but this time in a more purposeful way. rather than haphazardly laying down color without much thought, i began forming a color palette intentionally.

the gray is smokey, with warm yellow undertones to compliment the cooler, bold blue. two shades of orange play against the gray, the blue, and a cool green hue. there’s a vivid, citrus green scribbled spontaneously against the background–and because it’s the same value as the gray, the first glance hardly reveals that the green is there. it pulsates gently in the background & it’s my way of getting your face a little closer, after you’ve taken in the work as a whole.

my aim is to create an exciting dialogue not just between a tangerine orange and a deep blue, but between my meditative thoughts and spontaneous gestures, between controlled mark-making and uninhibited brushwork, between scratching into a surface and painting over it…these things drive me to explore.  this painting is an effort to preserve the honesty of my process, while pushing my understanding of color and mark-making further than before.

and i hope you uncover unusual, unexpected surprises as you unpack this work.

4′ x 4′  (oil)  // in the studio –  above : a few close ups of the larger piece.

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  • http://erindobbins.com erin

    in love. as always. can i come to austin in june and witness some of these first hand? great, thanks :)