Saturday, February 27, 2010

Magic tricks

I'm finally back into my "Children at the Beach".

This one has very interesting dry patches striping the reflections. Its been a bit challenging to capture while keeping everything as colorful as I'd like. I'm trying so hard to stay away from having solid-colored bands in the dry parts. I spend as much time squinting at it as I do painting it...

I think its advancing nicely since posting it in Dabble color earlier this month. I like the yellows warming up the reflections.

One of the things I'm enjoying about this series is how in all of them, there is a dimension going down, while at the same time, another is coming forward. Keeping the reflections dropping deep and the ground or water coming towards the viewer as a surface is challenging. Down and forward simultaneously. Its an interesting effect.

The more I develop these dripped-color canvases, the more this effect becomes prominent. I'm really enjoying watching it occur. Its like watching a little magic trick...

Oh color! Lovely color! The things we can do with you. The things you can do for us...

It doesn't always work out as we planned, but don't we have fun trying anyway? What are you having fun doing with color these days? Where is it taking you? Don't get caught in a rut. Shake it up with something unpredictable. The experimenting and exploration is such fun. I love surprises arising on my canvas. Do something different and watch what it does. Watch the colors do magic tricks for you too.

Its in experimenting that we find discovery.

I'm still looking for a title for this painting. I was really hoping you'd help me. Still to this day, the only thing that comes to mind is Little Bulldozer. It just doesn't seem to fit a petite girl in a pink ruffled bathing suit! Your suggestions are greatly appreciated, so please send them along.

Then go have fun experimenting with color!

Posted work in progress by Susan Roux


  1. Oh, I love that she's found a treasure! Is this oil or watercolor - it's so 'deep' I feel like it's watercolor - maybe I didn't read it in the post - sorry, when there are paragraphs, my eye skids from the image to the end of the post!!! I usually miss the whole point! Your paintings are beautiful, and I agree with you about Wellfleet - it's one of my absolute favorite places on earth! I'll be sure to stop in and see your work on a visit there this season!

  2. HI Kelley Carey. Its oil. I can see why you'd be confused. I like to explore the transparent properties of it making it resemble watercolor.

    Thanks for wanting to see my work in person! Blue Heron Gallery is always hung so beautifully. Hope you enjoy it...

  3. Toujours aussi gourmande Susan! Tu es comme une enfant à qui on demanderait de choisir des bonbons. Tu peux prendre de tout, mais tu vois l'étalage et ne sais que choisir... alors tu prends un peu de chaque. Tu déposes tes couleurs sur ta toile comme tu déposerais tes bonbons sur la table. Et tu savoures avec frénésie ce merveilleux mélange... Hum, j'aime ça aussi.
    Je donnerais comme titre à cette toile :"Couleurs je vous embrasse". Et moi aussi je t'embrasse.

  4. yes...
    the water is flowing...
    the effect you have achieved is good...

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