petal-gogol

I spent a good part of one day last week painting these two canvases for my sister’s apartment.  It’d been a few years since I used paint and it was a lot of fun.  The night before, my sister’s friend Rachel had delivered this beautiful painting to her for her birthday:

… so I decided to make something that would compliment it.  To begin, I made these thumbnails very quickly in Photoshop, and kept referring to them for the first half of the painting process:

My sister already had the canvases and the acrylic paints, so I started with a very limited palette- white, blue, green, yellow and purple.  No primary red.  First I primed both canvases with yellowish off-white.  This is after the 2nd pass.

The next few photos show the following passes.  Eventually I realized that I needed to use only pastel colors in order for it to work.  It also became much more abstract and off-model after I started messing around with the semi-controlled dripping.  In the end, they don’t go with Rachel’s painting at all, mainly because of the limited palette.

Here are the final, dried paintings:

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