Friday, March 13, 2009

Molino Basin #2 Study in Process


After an exhausting week, I've only got a quick post of another version of the Molino Basin in my new and improved process. This painting is also 9" x 12". I got stuck in step #3 for awhile, but this may be done now.

I took a chance on revising a landscape from a few weeks back too. I think it's better, but sometimes it's hard to tell without a bit of distance and time. This is also a 9" x 12" painting.

15 comments:

Edgar said...

Melinda, I really, really like your new process. Step three could get tiresome, though.

I like your resolution on both of these. Molino #2 is just a gorgeous work.

Patrice said...

I am totally in love with your colors.

The last three posts are all quite fantastic. Whatever you are doing, it's working!

Melinda said...

Thanks, Edgar. I remember some of our discussions on this topic and how I could intellectually form a construct, but couldn't imagine how to put it into practice. I'll keep trying.

Melinda said...

Hi Patrice,
Thank you very much for your comment. I wish I could detail what it is that I'm doing and how it feels so different from other work I've done. It's still too new for me to feel confident, but it sure is fun.

Barbara Muir said...

Hi Melinda,

These are just fantastic. I agree with Patrice that the colours are superb. I love how you can abstract a scene and make it all the more vivid, real and true.

xoxoxoxBarbara

Melinda said...

Thank you, Barbara! Your words remind me of the other day when I was looking at your paintings in archive.

It was the one you did of your two boys, you in the middle and the beach in the background. It was so stunning. "Vivid, real and true" all describe your family painting.

It sparkled with happiness while being solidly grounded in the stability of authentic love.

When I'm feeling more confident, I think I'll try my new process with figures....

Virtual hugs back to you!!

Karen said...

ooo these are getting better and better! These 2 are really strong in their distribution of values and colors. Wow! I mean, they're solid.

I'd be really interested to read your thoughts about what feels different, as you formulate them... keep us posted.

Melinda said...

Thank you so much, Karen. You've got me thinking about the process and how I started this series.

Perhaps a post is in order. I'm formulating the words...back soon.

Anonymous said...

Whoa! The top one blows my socks off!!!
I think what makes it so effective is the natural colors of the sand and sky juxtaposed with the vibrant magenta and rich deep blue. I'm surprised at what an emotional reaction this provoked in me.

Melinda said...

Cool. Big grin from here in Arizona!
Thank you, Silvina.

I was watching a video about how Susan Rothenberg works and she likes to use what she calls "dirty white" and I was thinking how using something more neutral, but clean, would push the emotionality of strong color.

Then there's that magenta...yeah!

Linny D. Vine said...

Hello Melinda,

This post is a beauty and I love the slant...now I'm off to discover what "step 3" is all about...

Melinda said...

Hi Linny!
Thanks for stopping by. Yes, step #3 can be a challenge but on the other side...utopia.

loriann signori said...

I keep coming back and visiting this one (top),so I guess it's time to comment, rather than lurk. I have been trying to figure out why it is my favorite and ... I love your color choices. The colors, especially in the bottom third of the painting just sing.

Melinda said...

Thank you so much for stopping by, Loriann!

I have really been trying to make better color choices, thinking more about what works and what makes a piece interesting.

laura said...

Great shapes and colors. I really covet these!! wish I had painted them. :-)