Crush 3, the third piece in my current series is finally finished! What a great feeling it was this past weekend to put the finishing details on this work. The inspiration for this piece came from a trip we took last fall to the wine country in Napa, California.
Here are a few photos that I took during our stay:
The hues in the fields were yellow, orange and red. As we drove through the countryside, fall was definitely showing it's colors. Patches of green still remained peeking through the Autumn splendor. This was the palette that I used as my springboard for my abstraction. I took some liberties with the colors that I selected adding intensity and saturation.
After I completed the first two pieces in this series earlier last year, I was aware of a strong horizontal element. This linear quality in the first two pieces, can be seen primarily in areas where color and scale change within the compositions. The assignment for Crush 3 that I gave myself was to see what would happen if I minimized this strong line and used it sparingly.
The jury is still out on how I feel about this new direction and line quality. For me, when I created Crush 3, I didn't feel like I had as much freedom to play with shape and form. I felt a little bit limited and I think it took some of the fun out of making this piece. Perhaps that is why it took a little longer for me to bring this piece to conclusion.
Now that it is done, I can see how I might combine some of what I learned from all three works to tackle a new challenge for the next piece in this series. What will be the inspiration for my next composition in my Crush series? I have some ideas that are in the early stages. I am looking forward to starting something new, stay tuned!
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