Wednesday, February 19, 2020

High Sign Silhouette

One of several roadside sign silhouette pieces I am working on currently is the High Sign Silhouette.  For the last several years I have had elements of abandoned signs/billboards appear in my work.

In my previous post, I showed off a few examples of some of my ceramic versions of this idea.  I've included just two here to illustrate the relationship between the 2-D and 3-D.

Another potential sign silhouette candidate being propped up on a handy, yet totally unrelated, canvas.

Back to High Sign Silhouette.  First off, that's just its working title.  I'm hoping for something better to present itself as the piece evolves in my studio.  The first step in its evolution is to add some purple areas to break up the monotony of the browns/ochres I initially painted for the base layer.

Once those are in place and dry, I start with the lines for the 1st layer of imagery.

Part of the way into the process.

I had batch of colors mixed up for a different painting, but I found myself wanting to paint the dude in the lower right hand corner -a bit of a procedural non-sequitur, but when you're running around unsupervised, mayhem may ensue.

Time to continue with more colors now that I've added a few bits (black line work) to the overall composition.

Just a few more colors and this layer is done!

The next step is to haze over this layer and prepare for the 2nd layer.

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