17 Sep 2012
You guys, it’s still 100 degrees in LA, and I have a cold. It’s very…confusing. And also really unpleasant. I hope I’m nearing the end of it (really really really hope), but at least in the meantime I have color therapy. I have been working on this painting, circle by circle, for a few weeks, and I am so happy to have it ready to hang! The idea came to me after we saw a lot of beautiful Kandinsky paintings at LACMA–I suddenly became obsessed with shapes.
I wanted to try to use my circle cutter on canvas, but with a pencil instead of a blade. (They’re not at all expensive, and you can get one here.) I started tracing overlapping circles in all different sizes, and I loved them so much I just kept going, all the way to the edges of the canvas.
It was really fun to play with the colors and watch this painting take shape. It made me think a lot about my Dad, who does these incredibly precise and beautiful paintings of buildings–lots of lines, lots of color.
I learned a few things along the way, for sure. It makes it a lot easier to go over the outline of the circle first, so those edges are taken care of, and then you can just fill in the color. A minimal amount of paint is optimal here, so you don’t get blobs along the lines. Also, I found that every color really needed mixing with white, even if only a tiny bit, to give it some opacity.
I think I will hang this one next to my pinwheel painting, to further add to the color explosion in the living room. You can never have too much color, or at least I can’t!