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Deconstruction ain't so easy

Well, I showed my Art Student League teacher, Frank O’Cain, a few examples of my recent abstract watercolors in which I had tried to use deconstruction as a technique.  They were okay as paintings, but I was having trouble creating a sweep of color on top of the white (deconstruction).  The paint was beading up on me and I couldn’t figure out what to do about it.

Henry Hudson Park Blooms

Henry Hudson Park Blooms

Late Summer at Wave Hill

Late Summer at Wave Hill

Frank’s answer, of course, was very simple:  you have to add the final color on top of the white while the white is still wet.  Otherwise, it’s like painting on Yupo (or a white plastic plate).  Well, duh!  Why didn’t I think of that?  It’s so obvious in retrospect.

I like these paintings anyway because they convey the October colors at Wave Hill and Henry Hudson Park.   Sometimes things work out in spite of yourself.

Posted by ruthhurd on November 12, 2010

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