This painting is too large to scan in it's entirety, so the first and last images are digital photos. The detailed scans below give a more accurate view of the actual colors and textures involved.
Just Gotta Sing
Completed in 2004
11" x 14" x 1.5"
Acrylic on stretched canvas
The 1.5" deep sides are painted black.
original painting is a warm, bright spot of joy sure to touch any
home or work space with a lyrical bit of Spring. Just Gotta Sing
has deep, luscious hues, wonderful rich textures, and an engaging
tree-top composition. I also paid particular attention to
line-quality and lighting and I am very pleased with the natural
movement in this piece. It is a happy Spring song painted to lift
your spirits all year long.
First I primed this "deep-dish" gallery wrapped canvas with black gesso. Then I applied a thin layer of acrylic modeling paste which I scrapped and abraded in order to achieve rough, active textures. Then I laid down layer after layer of color. And I finished by very carefully painting the fluid black lines that move through this piece.
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