Breaking the rules.
With decisive, powerful brushstrokes. Colorful brushstrokes.
A Bridge of Prussian Blue
These two big sweeping strokes of Prussian blue unite the image.
The background was quite jarring, overly full of lively textures. And, it was so warm.
This is generally not in keeping with a balanced sense of harmony and unification, that I’m looking for in a painting.
The ‘rules’ …. say warmer colors in front and cooler in back; textures and details in front, less in the back.
The orange and yellow normally would belong in the foreground area of a painting.
The lively textures also, usually are placed in the foreground and the focal point area.
I resolved the dilemma.
With 2 strokes.
But, I had to pause. And think about it.
I needed to allow my mind to sort through ideas.
Such as: How can I balance all that texture? All that warmth? What about using the complement of the orange? Well, then… which Blue would work best? Which Brush, do I want to use? Which direction to move it in? Go bold, go lyrical, go with curves, go with angles?
You see, I needed to ponder a moment.
I chose Prussian Blue pb27, a favorite.
It is Bold. Decisive!
I chose an old stiff, housepaint brush, which would leave strong bristle marks.
I chose to limit drastically my brushstrokes. “Less, is more” is a great motto.
I chose to unite these two strokes, bridge-like.
To create a sense of harmony, unity. I think it worked.