“Wave w/Shadow” Oil/Linen 60″ X 65′ Jan. 2014
Finally bringing this to a conclusion. Constructiing the patterns of light and color, to make some reasonable relation to the photo source can be endless. It is quite an intuitive process, taking clues from the photo and trying to find a system with the paint. I’m always thinking about the transparency, and how stones and shells on the bottom are transformed by the relative colors of the lights and shadows. It is quite related to the Albers exercises in his “Interaction of Color”, where he asks the students to create the illusion of transparency with colored swatches of paper.
Below are a couple of detail shots, to give perhaps a better idea of the paint handling, which is often impulsive and intuitive in dealing with such a complex event. The alternative would be a centimeter by centimeter grid, a la Chuck Close, which is contrary to my intentions.