A new series, Garage Shadows. Small, around 4”x4”. I like to walk down alleys and look at the shadows. They’re almost abstract in that they’re shapes and planes. I think they’re going to be really nice.
This is a large one, 28x32. It has a lot of movement and texture. I framed it floating in the mat so I could see the paper edges. Will definitely do more of these large ones. The drawback is the framing supplies are expensive.
Doing my abstracts has changed the way I will paint my representational paintings. I used to use tiny lines and excess detail. This was all done with a palette knife, just an experiment to see how it worked out. Much more free than my very early works.
I’ve been thinking about framing, mostly the cost to get good frames. I mat and frame my work myself, but the frames are not ones I would pick if I had more money to spend. So I came across a site about mounting watercolor paper onto something called cradle board. This would mean my work could be hung without matting or frames, mounted on board with 3/4” thick sides. I like the idea, though matting can really present a work well, too — I like the looks of a clean, white 3” mat and a thin black frame. I’m going to try and mount something today and see how it turns out.