In the Spring of 2012, I was finishing up Painting IV at Brevard College and I wanted to do a piece that somehow honored the landscape of south-eastern Ohio, where I had grown up. I found inspiration in the paintings of Yangyang Pan, particularly her abstract landscapes from 2010. I really appreciate her open compositions and the rhythmic application of paint. For a further challenge, I decided to work with a triadic color scheme of secondary colors, that is: purple, orange, and green.
I poured several layers of a fleshy-peach colored acrylic gesso until it was very thick with a bubbly mud sort of texture. I begin with an abstract line drawing using a deep blue oil paint, which was inspired be a recent viewing of The Kitchen by Picasso seen at the High Museum of Art. Color was brought in, lines were moved and shapes developed. On side note this is my first painting to use a true vermilion pigment, which took me a while to find at an affordable price.
12 in by 16 in, oil and acrylic on masonite, 2012.