Commitment: the state of being emotionally impelled to do something. My commitment is to making art, loving life and doing well.

Daily Artworks... my continuing challenge for 2015: Observe and record. Record and observe. And stretch - s-t-r-e-t-c-h - myself.
What will I discover?

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Art Every Day Month - November 15

Spirited Calligraphy

I found a quote from one of my old painting teachers, John R. Fox, who passed away recently:

"I believe that a painting has to be a feast for the eyes.
I try to create in my art something that makes me feel alive.
Any art that makes me feel better is good." - John R. Fox

The colors I used in today's challenge, a flat wash of cadmium yellow underpainting, with Opera magenta and alizarin crimson details in the blocks, would look bright and cheerful in any painting.
When you look closely, the alizarin crimson actually looks dull and brownish in contrast with the much more saturated pink and yellow.

But it is the active brushstrokes that bring this painting to life.
I blotted these calligraphic marks out of wet washes with a brush that I first wiped absolutely dry, and then put a touch of color straight from the tube just on the tip.
When I made a firm heavy stroke, the dry brush sucked the wet paint away, and the concentrated paint laid itself down on the paper in the same movement.

This painting certainly makes me feel enlivened just looking at it, and I am grateful that the 16 block arrangement has become truly a feast for the eyes.


Leah said...

Oh, this is so lovely. It makes me feel better to look at it! :-)

Mavis said...

Hi Leah:
It's amazing how colors and shapes on a piece of paper can affect somebody's mood.
I am so grateful that is what we artists can do!

Julie Jordan Scott said...

beautiful. Love the energy! There is such a rhythm to your art here and the colors are incredible.

M said...

You're speaking my language today Mavis. I love the vibrancy of the pinks. I am secretly a pink girl. Isn't opera magenta a wonderful colour?

Anonymous said...

These are beautiful and so full of energy.
I find I am more drwan to pink now than I ever was before.

Mavis said...

Hi Julie, Margaret and Rennata:

I like how the energy of the pink and orange colors and the energy of the brushstrokes came together in today's challenge.
Thanks for taking the time to add your comment.


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