Mark-making

Mark-making is one of those artsy (fartsy?) terms that artists use. The idea is that making an image isn't enough, it's the marks you make that are important. You are literally making marks. Which is interesting, because it brings to mind the phrase, "She really made her mark."

The painting I'm working on now
started off as a bin in an imports store.



These storage bins were used in a store to hold sundries on the shelves. They held things like soaps in some sections and toys in another. The little partitions are removable, except for the middle one. The are about 18 x 46 inches inches.I've primed it, painted a bird on it, primed it again, squeegeed paint on it, overpainted with red, and now have begun a painting based on some pictures I took on my jaunt a few days ago. I used a very limited palette to block the composition in.


Trying to do a landscape in a tall very thin vertical panel is hard. I am trying to let pieces of the red ground show through. Taking pictures really helps me to have an objective eye and see what's wrong with a painting. Plus I can find other paintings by cropping the larger image.


So next time I work on this I will be working with a broader palette. Right now it's all the peeks of red coming through that give it any of the cohesiveness that it has. We'll see what happens next.

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