Last night was a struggle. I tried a number of colors to pull this together staying in the brown and yellow color fields; but I kept drifting to the reds. Finally, after putting on a heavy coat of yellow, that just did not work, and looked green where it was laid over the burnt sienna, I put the canvas on the floor. I then rolled in different reds diluted in water. Back on the easels it went and using some deep reds and a alizarin, we get what we got. Not sure this color will work with this song. That is a major issue. What colors can I introduce to swing this piece more in my direction? What can I do to this canvas surface to wake it up?
I try to predict each work’s progress and learn from the previous job; but each work tends to go its own direction and I just must deal with it and find the ways to make it all work.
scott von holzen