Edge Discovery !

“Receding Fog”
oil on canvas panel, 8″ x 10″

Wow! This one excites me! A complex piece it is with many different color intensities, values, and temperatures. With all the different degrees of aerial perspective and places for different levels of soft versus hard edges, this was a challenge waiting to slap me around a bit.

From the moment I blocked it in, I knew this was going to be a nifty piece from the big dark shape that dominates the painting. Settle that shape in amongst all the different textures and near neutral colored negative space, and the design calls to be noticed!

I have been struggling for months attempting to learn how to soften edges . . .and to do it convincingly. I think today was the day to find out. It was do that or go down in flames. It just came to me naturally today. . . .I found myself doing it as though I had done it hundreds of times before! There is an old saying; When the student is ready, the teacher will appear. I must have been ready today. (I am dancing!!!! :-)) )

3 thoughts on “Edge Discovery !”

  1. Taking a first look at your webpage and blog. I was counting dates and realized you have painted FOUR paintings since the workshop. And I only just got around to thanking M. Graham…Energy and action, that’s the ticket. Anyway, looking at this painting I see blocks on cloth, and it DOES work! A great lesson and a great example right here in front of me. I have much to practice. Thanks again for the workshop. Louise Christy

  2. Hi Louise! Thanks for coming by the blog and your great comments. Something as simple as painting blocks is deceptively translatable, isn’t it!

    As the observer in your workshop, I saw tremendous talent in what you were doing. Your stuff stood out! Don’t let that waste away. You ARE a painter with a gift. We all need for you to exploit it!

  3. I’m excited for you! Don’t you love a breakthrough? I’ve been trying to do the very same thing with edges. The trick is knowing which to emphasize and which to soften or lose. I’m still mystified!

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