Friday, September 23, 2011

July 2011: Garden and yard pigments: Beets

In July I discovered Beets (as a
pigment that is). To be more exact Beets from a local farm, Chubby Bunny in Sheffield, Massachusetts. I wanted to see just what the Beets would look like when used in a total color field (my drawings are small sized examples) application.

"...Color field painting is a tendency within Abstract Expressionism, distinct from gestural abstraction, or action painting. It was pioneered in the late 1940s by Mark Rothko who were all independently searching for a style of abstraction which might provide a modern, mythic art, and express a yearning for transcendence and the infinite. To achieve this they abandoned all suggestions of figuration and instead exploited the expressive power of color by deploying it in large fields which might envelope the viewer when seen at close quarters..." More at

Of course when the work spoke back to me and told me who it was I titled it as such. What do you see? Add a comment...

Work in progress images:

Finished images:

(framed photos to come)

About the materials:
Medium: Acrylic Glazing Liquid (Satin), Golden Mediums
Pigments:  Beets from Chubby Bunny Farm, Sheffield, Massachusetts, USA
Surface: Unbleached Linen
Mounting: Mounted on canvas board using Neutral pH Adhesive, Lineco, Inc.
Framed: Easel backed table, desk or mantel display, 7" H x 9" L.

Exhibition History for above:
14th Colony Artists, group show, August 13 through September 4, 2011

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