I have completed The Ghost of Tom Joad. This artwork proves to me that it is easier to test new ideas when working on a smaller size canvas. I used two new techniques in this work that I plan on developing, and experimenting with in future paintings. The first one is drip painting. Dripping paint is not a great artistic breakthrough. It is a technique that I have ignored, until I stumbled on a dripping method that was convenient to use, consistent, and with fairly precise control. The second new technique, if you look closely at the enlargement, you will see a number of small square wooden pieces that I have attach to this artwork. I am fascinated by the unlimited opportunities that attaching painted pieces of wood to canvas can offer.
These two methods each can add interest, and more important depth, in edition to using multiple layers of canvases to make that three dimensional, sculptural look possible. But not every artwork works well with layered canvases. Now, with the option of dripping, and adding small wooded pieces to the canvas surface, I can give even a traditional flat rectangle artwork a little of that three dimension look. I am always after this to better reflect the depth of the music I am portraying.
My original idea for The Ghost of Tom Joad was to use earth tones to keep the coloring muted and the contrast lower. I found out once again, that it was hard for me to limit my pallet. I may have an opportunity to actually limit my pallet with this years Birthday painting, at the end of July. My Birthday painting I start and complete in one day. A simpler color scheme, with smart use of tints and shades, could save painting time, and be an opportunity to experiment with a cleaner appearing, less cluttered looked.
Up next is another small artwork, and a Blues Classic, Sweet Little Angel. I cannot seem to get enough of B B King so I thought it was time to do one of his own classic songs. Since this is a Blues piece I can see this as an opportunity to create a simpler artwork.
Scott Von Holzen