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.
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.
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.
Misplaced sign in 1980s New York.
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.
Not exactly Klee-esque, but I’m working on it.
Another photo from the archives. It was taken during one of my walks around town, when I lived New York City in the 1980s.
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.
I had no idea that the colors I chose were so very similar to those in a photo I took the other day.
Serendipity strikes again!
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.
The photo below combines the design of shadows cast from structures above, with patterns embedded in the pavement.
Its original format was also 35mm, but the square format suited the design.
I saw this sign a few months ago. It is heartening to know that good manners are still important to some.