There was "Blue Landscape" , so one would think this would be called "Red Landscape"...but no. Its proper name is "Broken Landscape". It measures about 88" H x 64"W. I had to recover my design wall in order to get a picture of it because it just kept getting bigger than all my designated areas. It has the surface area of me with my arms outstretched top to bottom and side to side. Maybe it is me. I am a broken landscape. Hmmm.My goal is to emphasize the importance of the painted surface in this newer work. Also, the theme of landscape and natural and manipulated circumstances are of incredible interest to me. The idea of humans believing that nature can actually be controlled and all the efforts taken to do so. Hmmm.
The same structural theme applies to "Blue Landscape", the piece I completed before this one. Methodology: I paint a large canvas and view it as solely a painting, only about itself, in the constructs of my intention. Then, around halfway through, I start manipulating the surface knowing that I am going to cut it up and build an environment that is based on a particular theme, like formalized and tamed landscape or the invasiveness and destruction humans perceive as nature running its own course.
The detail shots demonstrate how the overwhelming color is red, but it travels the spectrum of cool blue/red to warm/orange red...subtle and limited, but also vast in possibilities. I have always been a big fan of limiting color use, but pushing what you are using to the max. Painting 201, eons ago, with Tom Uttech.
An important aside, check out the latest work of Trish Williams, who has discovered that she really does love the hand of the painted surface. She is challenging herself to make "sculpted" surfaces and they are looking uber-delish. I am hoping that if all works out, I will get to see these face-to-face when she travels to Appleton, WI for a presentation next week.