Thursday, November 6, 2014

Leaves Overlooking the Water and Kitty Perfection — A green-eyed kitty out for a walk!

My latest reading material has been revisiting the Impressionists. Analyzing the way that Monet, Renior, Cezanne, and other impressionistic painters used color and created compositions has been very illuminating. I have read these books before but every time I look at them again I see something new. Closing my eyes, I see dabs of alternating color!!!!!!! How to make reds sing, what to do with yellows, what kinds of color combinations work—all this and more were so well addressed by these painters.

So while creating my newest pieces colors danced in my head and vibrated together. Leaves Overlooking the Water is inspired by the turning season and the river by my house. I took the photo while wandering along the riverbank. I want to paint from this photo again; I think that there are multiple painting possibilities in this reference. Below is the reference photo and the painting.
This is a photo of leaves above the water.
Leaves Overlooking the Water • Original acrylic on cradled gessoboard • 12" x 12" • Buy now on Etsy

My latest kitty painting, Kitty Perfection, practically painted itself! It's SO AWESOME when a painting does that! This calico kitty with blues and greens on a peachy background vibrates with color and brush strokes. A fun piece with a great composition. The painting is below.
Kitty Perfection • acrylic on cradled clayboard • 8" x 8" • Buy now on Etsy

 All text and photos ©Melissa Gannon 2014

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