this painting is almost entirely different from everything i do. for one thing, it’s representative. everything else i do is incredibly abstract and people have asked, fairly often, if my paintings are backgrounds. that’s one reason texture is good, especially impasto! lol i’m trying to create more structure in them so they don’t look quite like backgrounds. but when i see artists who create “background paintings” i really like their work. i dunno, maybe i should go with the force and just create backgrounds!
i wanted to create something new. i remember i was sitting at my little art studio which is half of the dining room table and some big plastic boxes back there. argh. anyway, i was sitting there wanting to paint but not having a clue what to do. when that happens and just cause i liked doing it, too, i began by choosing colors. i have three plastic bins of acrylic paint, so i go through all that and grab colors without looking.
i have to use what i picked so that means…creativity!
back to the funny little dino, or it could be a bird, or a baby ostrich, hahaha! i painted the outline, lol that big thick gray out line, which was probably me trying to painting a small line and not getting it right. then i’d have to keep painting the line a little more and a little more and give up when it’s really thick! i do that when i’m drawing, too. i know that if someone else had seen the first or second or third…version they probably say it was fine, or as good as i could get it without making it too thick! 😀
the dino just evolved. when i draw a creature like a snake or a fish they always have those fin/spikes, you know what i mean…the triangles on his back. . i wanted it to be a riot of color. different colors everywhere! i mixed colors on the canvas and on the palette. it was really fun. i didn’t bother trying to have a color scheme, i just went along without thinking about it.
i was thrilled with the beak!