Anna Belleforte

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underpainting and other decisions

Posted by Anna Belleforte on May 9, 2018 at 5:30 AM

So many decisions for this new series. Which colour combinations? Colours that pop or are subdued? Use the same colour palette for the whole series? Use coloured papers as the underpainting, or as the meat with which to build the image? Whether to include fine drawn lines or rely on the juxtapositions of collages shapes? How to treat the sky (I think I would prefer collage-free)? Could gold-leaf be an interesting accent layer here? Often you just need to get started to figure these things out. So now I’ve figured out: when I work with colour patches on a small scale, I can cut the desired shapes from a single sheet, and sustain a kind of unity/harmony; not so for the larger areas, and the pages from the Magyar book I’m using are even smaller than A5. Hoping these will give some interesting, unexpected textures, but worried that I may need to work with even smaller mosaic-type coloured pieces to make it work better. (Only worried because that requires much more time, to amass shapes.)

First, a final experiment in underpainted patches done in opposite colours (A3 size) …and getting the outline of the subject on a first big canvas…

#painting #acrylic #mixedmediatechnique #bigcanvas #urbanism #Budapestartresidency

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