So, I wanted a break from the paintings I was doing, and tried an abstract. I might do a whole series in the “Cross” format.
The “scrap-paint-scraped-off-the-table” birds are taking way longer than I intended. This was just supposed to be a quick, funky, little exercise. For anyone who wants to try this, I’ll tell you what NOT to do!
Don’t make a detailed or busy background. There are SO many colors in the form, that it will just fight with any color you put on the background. I had colored the canvas in a pretty cool mottled blue-green. As you can see, this is NOT working with the bird colors.
Then I tried to paint around the shape with really dark blue – nope, not working.
I have now painted around the shape in WHITE. You can finally actually see the birds – they pop nicely.
I’ll probably wash the white with, say, yellow, or pink, but I’ll leave a very small border of white around the edge of the birds. Also, I still need to add the line that they’re sitting on.