Friday, March 30, 2007

Tribute to Frankenthaler

2' x 4' watercolor on unprimed canvas
This was done as an experiment. I was reading up on the wonderful abstract painter Helen Frankenthaler and her color field paintings. Helen was the originator of staining unprimed canvas with oil paint, and later on acrylics. Quite a radical approach in the 1950s. Her work is absolutely stunning, and I encourage you to look at her works via the web, or in books.
Anyway, I tacked unprimed canvas to an old closet door and applied transparent watercolor washes. This scene developed. It's my tribute to the masterful Helen F.Posted by Picasa

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