let me start by saying i am happy with 3 of the paintings. that is pretty good for 5.
no. 5 + no. 3
no. 3 and no. 5 are being difficult. visually they stand out because they lack energy, the compositions are awkward, and they don’t have splatters of paint like the others. i’ll start in chronological order.
i was hesitant with this one from the beginning. for some reason i got timid and made a smaller blob than the others. i tried to make up for it with red splats but there was too much empty space and no connection between the central blob and the red spatters. my solution: make a white circle to hide the rest and focus in on the primary blob – there are some nice spots in there. the gesso smudged the paint and i decided to go with it. you can see through the white and the paint pulled the watercolors along with it in the circle. it feels like wind. alas – the next step and direction for this piece is unknown.
again, awkward mass to begin with (large with a disconnected red blob off to the side). i added drips of red to try to unite the two blobs but i think i went to far and now i’m in a standoff with an inanimate object. should i say fuck it to white space and fill up the paper? i can’t decide. also the painting lacks orientation. i don’t know which way it should stand.