This one began with a red background. I used many of the same colors that I used on the first one in this trio. While one painting dried I worked on another one. There is nothing worse than smearing the dots.
For months I have been stewing about how to complete my next three paintings from my series "Numeros." The canvases for these paintings were all 20” x 20”. Although I had a certain process for the previous ones, I didn’t want to repeat what I had done before. During the summer I thought about using some colors I had seen in the Japanese animé cartoon, “Ponyo.” Beyond that, I had to think about what I could do to make these next three pieces different.
acrylic on canvas, 20" x 20"
For each canvas I used a specific background colors inspired by “Ponyo.” I then created meandering lines similar to ones I used in previous paintings in this series. While I was rotating my canvases, an idea hit me. Why not have the lines run horizontally rather than run vertically? I looked at my meandering lines and thought of all the line graphs that have been used to talk about the economic news over the last year. Anyway, this is the first of the three new paintings.
Well, here is the third painting I finished for the Poydras Home Art Show in 2008. It is the most experimental of the set of three. Again the background color was a challenge. What colors would pop? What colors would need altering to pop?
Moving onto the next painting in this grouping, here is “Cinco.” In this painting I experimented even more with my format. I made curving and isolated irregular shapes made up of dots. Some colors I mixed for the other paintings had to adjusted for the red background.
Each of the paintings in the "Numeros" series is named in order of completion. Thus, this one follows "Uno." And each year, since 2006, I have painted three new ones, with the exception of 2007. That experiment didn't pan out.