Today I am beginning a series of small 5″ x 7″ paintings. I am doing this for a few reasons. First and most importantly I feel great artistic freedom in making these smaller works as simple but provocative color abstracts. I envision this as being a possible wall at my next solo show coming up this September. With the Mount Mary Starving Artist show also in September I need some smaller inventory. Finally, my recent 20+ Paintings Class in Fish Creek has inspired me to return to small for a while. Working small allows me to figure a lot of things out. There is a sensitivity and a simplicity to the landscape when broken down to be contained at this size.
These are the first round of prepared panels. I work on masonite. I begin by gently sanding the surface. Then I apply 2-3 coats of gesso. Finally I apply a base color. Here I have used red, orange, and yellow.