For the better part of the past month, I’ve been working on a painting that I call SuperAcid Autobacs-Ambilify.
I’m very close to finishing this painting, but I’ve been very challenged lately with selecting the right set of colors for the central part of the composition.
In other words, the composition is fine, but there’s a pretty large area in the center of the canvas where I’ve waffled over color combinations.
So I had my friend Oliver Hibert look at the painting last night. I also brought a roll of clear Contact paper, and I covered the canvas with it. This allowed me to paint over the canvas, without fear of paint buildup, as we tested different colors.
Long story short, we decided to “go green.” Oliver had some mint green and a light kelly green laying around, and we gravitated toward that part of the color wheel. See below.
Before meeting up with Oliver, I was wary of using green, simply because I feel like I use green so frequently in my paintings. But Oliver showed me otherwise.
Oliver and I also had a good talk about how difficult it is to choose colors when you’re employing practically every color in a painting. You’d think that, because you’re using every color, it would be easy to add another.
Actually, just the opposite is true. The more colors you add, the harder it can be to pick the right one. It’s almost like building a house of cards; the more you add, the more you risk. It’s hard to explain. But do you know what I mean?
It’s almost easier to stick with an analogous color scheme. Yet, where’s the fun in that?
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