On Thursday, we stopped by Connected Lakes State Park on our way home from Highline Lake. The cottonwoods were just starting to turn. We may go down there later for a walk. This is the best time of year to be outdoors in our valley!
Inspired by a challenge on Red Bubble and based upon my extremely limited understanding of Chaos Theory, this digital work began as a tiny portion of an original photograph. I enlarged my selection, changed the colors, mirrored it twice, filtered it multiple times, and changed the colors again. The bird just appeared.
I love this series of expressionist works. I begin each one with a random element, such as a word chosen from a printed source, background music, or a brushstroke contributed by an onlooker. I then add more thick paint, or a glaze and see what the canvas has to tell me.
I did this acrylic on canvas painting with school children at the Western Colorado Center for the Arts during Spring Art Week.
Based on the style of Mondrian, the piece provides an opportunity to review rectangles vs squares, large vs small, and color vs black and white. I used the color scheme to review the three primary colors. I also pointed out the fact that the addition of black lines and white rectangles makes the colors seem even brighter and more pure.
I encouraged students to make their own versions of this work in tempera on paper and to search for actual works by Mondrian either online, or in books of reproductions.
To create this demonstration painting for school children at the Western Colorado Center for the Arts, I began by reading the poem “Night Clouds” by Amy Lowell. I asked the students to name their favorite images (word pictures) from the work. This particular group chose the “vermillion tongue” of the rising sun. Students took turns painting red tongues on the blank canvas. Between sessions, I added more color to the images and layered them with glazes that included various shades of reds and orange. The kids loved the poem and I enjoyed sharing the experience.