A prints curator contacted me about producing prints of my painting, Joggle 3, for some art collectors. It sounds interesting, and I will find out more and share the details here when I have them. I’m always glad when someone likes my fluorescent paintings, since such bright color is not to everyone’s taste.
VIDA invited me to become a designer. The curator said that she found my art online and thought I’d be a good fit. So I started by adding two of my paintings to their site for printing on a variety of tops and scarves. After I uploaded a couple of images, I found that there were lots of controls for sizing and placement. For day one, I tried a few options then selected the designs I preferred. But will find out their choices. They may have other ways of using my art to design their clothing. To start, I submitted these for approval–
In most of my paintings, I include areas of bright fluorescent red, fluorescent green, or fluorescent orange, and sometimes fluorescent yellow.
I had to make an effort to produce this painting below with no fluorescent paint, but yet, the ground—muted by a wash of my own earth yellow mix–does have spots of fluorescent red around the base of the central form.
These are a bit different than what I’ve painted up until now. Simply put, I’ve started adding bits of bright colors–such as fluorescent red and fluorescent green–against larger areas of more muted tones.
In the back of my mind, I’ve been thinking about Picasso–not his forms, shattered faces, or cubism as much as his use of color. y thoughts and observations unconsciously affect my painting.)
What I’ve been paying attention of late, is Picasso’s use of color. Picasso was a brilliant master of color. But one thing about his use of color that has begun to stand out to me, more and more looking at images of his work, is his use of bright color punctuated amid mixed and muted tones. Or, sometimes the reverse–overall intense color punctuated by areas of muted tones. A device of contrast used brilliantly over and over in his work. Take a look at the images of Picasso’s paintings that I’ve collected on my Pinterest board here. I’m not aware of Picasso ever using fluorescent paints, but he, like no other, knew how to handle tone and color so that they work together and create a contrasting separation.
Last year, Vicki Amorose wrote an article on how artist use twitter for Professional Artists magazine, and included me + the mage featured one of my paintings as a full-page, and now I found out that the article won a design award– first place for best feature design in the trade/technical category for the Florida Magazine Association. Read about it here.