Whenever I visit Ghost Ranch I try to view the sunrise from the other side of the Chimney Rocks. The moment the sun steams through the chimneys is magical. I can see why the original inhabitants of New Mexico called this, "Shining Rocks". Divine proportion (approximately 1.61.....) since 19/12 = 1.58333......
Based on the Plein Air piece of the same name. Palette knife primarily.. As I painted this I was remembering the babble of the rushing creek/river while analyzing the turbulent flow. Turbulence is a favorite topic of Mathematicians, whether in air or water.
Study based on an original plein air oil painting. I wasn't happy with the result using palette knife with thick paint so I wiped it out (carefully, one area at a tie) and ended up liking the result seen here. I will continue working on this.
Heavy application of paint, using a very limited palette of Cad yellow light, cad red light, primary magenta, ultramarine blue, phthalo green and titanium white. Small brushes with a little palette knife on top. Cobra water-mixable paint.
(See also the wiped version. Which do you like best?) Experimenting with a limited palette: Cadmium Yellow Medium, Cadmium Red Light, Primary Magenta Ultramarine Blue and Phthalo Green and Titanium White (all Cobra Water-mixable Oils). Cadmium Yellow is useful for all warms. Both reds often result in the same tones when adding white and even the purples are similar when adding Ultramarine Blue. The purple from the Magenta and Blue is more vivid than with Cad Red Light. Magenta results in a brighter pink when adding white. The Cad Red Light yields a more subtle warm grey when mixed appropriately with either UB or P Green. Could I live without one of these reds for landscapes? i will do a few studies to determine this. The Phthalo and Blue yield different shades of blue when adding white (the green becomes a paler blue green). They both make darks when adding the Magenta. Or even adding the CRL. I willl be posting the color charts based on these 5 colors shortly on my blog, karenhalbert.blogspot.com.
A Mathematician paints.Landscape-inspired Abstract # 3 for 2019, oil, palette knife, 8x13, 13/8 = 1.625 is a rational approximation to the golden mean (1.618..., an irrational number). Water Mixable oil (Cobra). Limited Palette: Cad Yellow Medium, Cad Red Light, Primary Magenta, Ultramarine Blue, Phthalo Green and Titanium White. Palette Knife Only thickly applied. Mosaic Tessellation.
A fractal is a curve or geometric figure, each part of which has the same statistical character as the whole. Fractals are useful in modeling structures (such as eroded coastlines or snowflakes) in which similar patterns recur at progressively smaller scales, and in describing partly random or chaotic phenomena such as crystal growth, fluid turbulence, and galaxy formation. This is the first in a planned series of cloud paintings to demonstrate fractals, and in general the affinity between nature, painting and mathematics. Note also the focal point at the golden mean, where also the lightest shape meets the darkest part, with the clouds forming a golden spiral. Selected for the NM Art League at its October/November Biologique Exhibition.
Study of O'Keeffe's techniques with a copy of her "Ghost Ranch Cliff" painting. Careful attention to paint strokes gave way to my usual palette knife techniques. See Dry Waterfall for more successful 'copying'..