Color Calisthenics no. 2 / Zamioculcas zamiifolia

Color Calisthenics no. 2. One hour color study of Zamioculcas zamiifolia houseplant. Concentrated ink stick, aquarelle, acrylic on mixed media paper.
Color Calisthenics no. 2. One hour color study of Zamioculcas zamiifolia houseplant. Concentrated ink stick, aquarelle, acrylic on mixed media paper.

Continuation of series of color “calisthenic” exercises. Finding it easy and freeing to refuse commitment and have fun with the possibilities. Focus of work here is exaggerating unlikely colors perceived in the subject and extending their range using wide artistic license and some imagination. Trying not to get too hung up on details, suppressing analytic sensibilities while working the surface. Side note: Zz plant is toxic to kitties meow.

Color Calisthenics no. 2
Color Calisthenics no. 2

Harder than I thought to avoid representation … In fact sometimes finding myself needing a framework like representation within which to work. The effect without this limitation device might be too atmospheric, muddy, suggestive (see Three Dreams pieces from much earlier on in this blog). Also liking the idea of generating images with which I can possibly do something in the future.

Color calisthenics no. 2
Color calisthenics no. 2

Final thoughts: “Inktense” sticks are good fun. Probably more plant paintings to come. Great to break away from predictable color pairings and discover new possibilities/partnerships. Wondering if my phone is taking slightly “fuzzy” pictures … Or perhaps I’m just trembling.

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