So you can imagine my sense of distress when Andy Braitman's latest workshop was a continuation of exploring the role of chaos in art. I was so hoping we could slide on by this chapter!
Remember those chaotic beginnings I shared where we mixed oil and water and literally threw them on a canvas creating spatters of different colors?
So what is the point of this? It is multi-fold according to Guru Braitman. When we start when no end in mind we should (theoretically) approach the canvas with a playful spirit. Too often we (I) am paralyzed by an empty space, anxious that those first marks we make will not be 'perfect' or usable. Laying down interesting dark shapes and transparent colors and then brightening them with textures and splashes supposedly loosens us up to enormous possibilities we may not have seen before. There is also the "interesting" factor. When you look closely at the water above you will see almost to the bottom of the lake: lots of color, reflections, ripples, things I may have been too timid to add at the last sweep for fear of messing up my "perfect" water.
Did I enjoy the play or decide it was fun?
Sorta ... I think a few more rounds and I might relax enough to let down my guard and throw all I have into it....
Here's my effort at bringing the above chaos into
an interesting sense of order.
Poor lonely tree called out for some
company as well as a notation
that it was in the foreground.
Please note that these photos are not true to the piece....I was quickly documenting the process for my own notes so did not take the time to make color adjustments or eliminate glare. I'm liking the composition of this more, however I think the two additional trees feel a tad scrawny compared to the larger one. That adjustment is relatively easy to make. The foreground blue bonnets are not as massive as the photo makes them out to be (blue seems to scream when photographed non-professionally). So I think with a little trunk work and growth the additional trees can easily carry the viewer up and to the right while balancing the interesting effect of the gold bank on the right bottom.
So where would you go with this piece? Is there an interesting section you would
want to attempt to save?
I'm going to continue to explore this concept and do more work on the two pieces I have shared. Hopefully I will have finished paintings to post (and decent photographs!) and additional thoughts on the benefits of starting with chaos. This learning curve just never seems to plateau!