Monday, May 24, 2010

A Different Kind of Cloud Bank


I thought it might be nice to paint a study of abstracted clouds and space. This painting is 8" x 8", oil on artists' board.

24 comments:

SamArtDog said...

Your paintings are often so Juicy, the subject is secondary to their juiciness. Yum!

Barbara Muir said...

Hi Melinda,

This is gorgeous. I love the colours -- the red, deep ochre and hot pink against the soft blue and white.

Wonderful.

xoxoxoxoxoBarbara

Karen said...

The top looks so watery, the bottom, so textural and heavy...and anchors it all. Interesting extremes here...

Melinda said...

Maybe this is often because they are still wet when I photograph them...

:)

Thank you, SamArtDog.

Melinda said...

Hi Barbara,
Thank you so much! So glad you like this. It was liberating to paint it.

Melinda said...

Hi Karen,
Yes, this was my approach. I like making the water based oils behave both as oil and as a kind of watercolor.

Thank you so much for your comment.

SamArtDog said...

Do you use water-based oils often? Which brand? Do you like them?

Melinda said...

Whoa there, SamArtDog. ;) I can tell you're about to go out and spend a significant number of pennies on art supplies!

I use water based oil almost exclusively.

Here's a link to the kind I use, Winsor & Newton

Love them:
They ARE oils, yet they don't make one sick from fumes.
They act like watercolor when sprayed.
They really do clean up with soap and water.
I'll also use their water mixable medium sometimes.
Sometimes, I'll go over the top with an old fashioned oil bar or old oil paint, but only when I know I won't be adding any more Artisan oil--much the way one uses acrylic gesso before oil painting.

Dick Blick, Jerry's Artarama, ASW and ebay are some of the best places to find these.

If you're really interested, you might buy a few in the 40 ml size and experiment with them. They're cool.

Melinda said...

SamArtDog,
Oh, and if you do experiment with Aritsan oils, please let me know what you think of them, okay?

Anonymous said...

Great textures. Lots to see into the painting. I really like this one.
Jean

SamArtDog said...

Don't worry, I'm not about to delve into oils, water-based or not. I tried Grumbacher Max when they first came out years ago and found them to have a weird texture. So I was curious to find out if water/oils had improved.

Melinda said...

Thank you, Jean. I'm glad that you like this and find it engaging. It's great fun to experiment, yes?

You're doing some really nice work in watercolor lately!

Anonymous said...

Yow!! What colors! As others have said, the contrast between the delicate clouds and that wild stuff going on near the bottom is great! And still, it all holds together. Much fun!

Melinda said...

Thank you so much, Don. I'm glad that this holds together. And, yes, it was great fun.

You're an inspiration, believe me. You've got me thinking more abstractly, for sure.

Linny D. Vine said...

Another beauty from Queen of the Clouds! (I'm seeing some winged forms beneath your clouds...)

Melinda said...

Ah Ha! Yes, Linny, I see the winged forms now as well! Usually, I only see angel-like forms in the sky when I travel to New Mexico (there's something about NM), but it's nice to know that sometimes there are friendly, watchful clouds over Arizona.

Thank you, Linny.
--Q. C. *smiling*

Anonymous said...

Melinda- I just love the way you blend your colors and have at it with all the textured contrasts.
You infuse your work with a great sense of adventure and beauty.

Melinda said...

Thank you, Bonnie. It means so much to me that you find my work interesting. It inspires me to keep working. Really.

I love visiting your blog and your work is an inspiration.

daviddrawsandpaints said...

I like the contrast between light airy cloud shapes in the sky and dark undefined landscape shapes below.
But, of course, I also see something more malevolent in the cloud shapes - apparitions and ghost-riders in the sky!
A bit spooky for those of a nervous disposition:o{

Melinda said...

I can see a bit of edgy darkness in this painting, too, David. In real life, it does have more "spook" to it.

Don't want to scare you, honestly. This just happened...

Thank you, bro, for stopping by. You have a good eye and I'm wanting to paint more abstracts because of your good work.

Jala Pfaff said...

I like the surreal turn your artwork is taking.

Melinda said...

Thank you, Jala. I'm thinking this is a good direction too.

cohen labelle said...

Hi Melinda,
This is a wonderful, wonderful painting - a gem!!!! I've been meaning to comment on it for days - I could look at it till the cows come home!!! and I have...
Marcia

Melinda said...

Thank you so much, Marcia! It's a dreamy thing, isn't it?

So glad you like it. Maybe it's one that should be painted on a larger scale.