My friend, and excellent artist, Kathleen Volp, gave me some feedback on my extensive use of black and white, suggesting that 2 strong colors cancel each other out and suggested adding more white, even trying a monochromatic approach.
In the following pieces, untitled 1 and black & blue, her comments gave me the impetus to work into untitled 1. I loved the color and line in that piece but was never satisfied with it. Kathleen also surfaced something I hadn’t wanted to admit–I’d gotten lazy in my use of black and red.
Not sure black & blue is finished but it has more substance.
untitled 1, 16″x16″ collage and paint on board (version 1)
black & blue, 16″x16″ collage and paint on board (version 2)