Wednesday, March 24th, 2010

Color first, then composition?

I remember reading once that Wolf Kahn has a tendency to find a tube of paint, to buy it, bring it home, squeeze it onto his palette, and then doing a painting around that color. I’ve been wondering what would happen if color were the first consideration, and then when applied to one’s subject matter, would the result change the composition itself.

In “New England,” I had an idea of the color. Very bright, pastelly colors, no blue sky, and in general, colors that were not “typical.” I wanted to apply these colors to a very iconic New England barn, and see what the result was. What do you think? Unlike this image being painted in blues, lavendars, golds–which would create a strong, bold, austere structure–this barn appears more playful.

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