I have been reading about the work of Richard Diebenkorn. He made a distinction between ‘indoor light’ and ‘outdoor light’. I explored this concept in today’s experiment.

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Indoor Outdoor
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Yellow Hydrant Sculpture

I can’t resist bright shiny things. Bright yellow things will do just as well, however. I could not resist taking a snapshot of this wonderful fire hydrant. I’m sure it was designed to attract attention of the fire department should they need a standpipe.

Photograph: Yellow Fire Standpipe

Yellow Hydrant Sculpture

Colorful Fireplugs

I have a series of photographs of fireplugs, also known as fire hydrants or standpipes. (Fire Plugs, Fireplugs, the Beginning, Shiny Standpipe, What Luck!) This is one outside a mall in Burbank, California USA.

Photograph: Fireplugs in Burbank

Burbank Fireplugs

Untitled – Geometric

The inspiration for today’s painting was ‘Six Species‘, a painting by Paul Klee, Bauhaus Master (and my hero), drawn to my attention by a tweet from @artistklee. I began by trying to replicate the halo effect from Klee’s composition. Instead, my shapes became the leading edge of a gradient that faded from dark to light. I did not plan the arrangements of the outer shapes or those circumscribed within. The design holds together very well, though.

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Untitled – Geometric
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Road Trip

Today I tried to combine story telling with iconography, as the Bauhaus Master, Paul Klee did. However, as I understand the art of Klee, he had very few preconceptions of the final outcome of his painting. He would take his pencil point ‘for a walk’ and let his creativity guide him. His astute design sense provided the direction of the pencil, the placement and color of the dot or other figure.

My painting below is a recap of my trip down south. I had the outline of the idea in my head before I began. It was cut and dried: home – road – destination.

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Road Trip
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Not exactly Klee-esque, but I’m working on it.

Untitled – Purple Yellow

Today’s jumping off point was mixing colors with white and black. In the frame-design world, the mat corners we use when showing customers their artwork matted and framed, are classified by tint or tone. Tints result from mixing the pigment with white; tones from mixing with black.

I began with purple and mixed it with white. I had some English yellow that I wanted to use up, so I mixed it with white in one area and black in another.

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Untitled – Purple Yellow
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I had no idea that the colors I chose were so very similar to those in a photo I took the other day.

Photograph: Texture on a Flower

Texture on Flower

Serendipity strikes again!

Square Format and Shadows

I like the walk-your-bike sign below, but can’t imagine that a bike rider would see it. The ergonomics are just not there. However, someone walking a dog would be aware of signs on the ground, as their eyes would be focused at that level, anxiously awaiting the business of their wards.

I cropped this photography to a square format from its original 35mm aspect ratio. The symmetry of the square is appealing. I found that this edit was necessary to show the iron embedded in the sidewalk and minimize the shadow of my camera on the upper right.  I should have thought about this when I shot the picture.

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Walk Your Bike Sign

The photo below combines the design of shadows cast from structures above, with patterns embedded in the pavement.

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Its original format was also 35mm, but the square format suited the design.

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