12.19.2011




Recently I had the opportunity to spend a week on a house on the Mendocino coast. The house sat all alone on a bluff and overlooked the pacific ocean and the coastline. It was absolutely amazing. Preparing for this trip I packed up a traveling case with paper in a variety of colors that I thought would apply to this region. I wanted to take the approach of a plain air painter but execute the image with paper alone. The main challenge for this approach is making sure you have the right colors of paper to capture what you are looking at. Thankfully I had everything I needed to tackle the view from the porch. I created this piece in one 2-3 hour sitting with a glue stick, some white glue, an exacto knife, some scissors, and paper. It was an interesting challenge. I quite enjoyed it and would like to try more of these in the near future. This piece was 11" X 15".

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10 Comments:

At 7:23 AM, Blogger John T. Quinn 3rd said...

WOW!!!
You never cease to surprise and inspire. These are beautiful.

 
At 10:35 PM, Blogger JARED ANDREW SCHORR said...

So great. I've thought about this idea for a while but haven't ever done it because it seems so daunting. Beautiful!!

 
At 5:06 PM, Blogger LeDidole said...

Beautiful ! Really impressed ! I just have a tiny minor problem with the tangent line between the sea horizon line and the cliff. I think it would have stand up more obviously if you had raised the cliff a bit... But it is just a personal pet peeve of mine!
Other than that, it is just magnifiscient !

 
At 1:09 AM, Blogger The Butcher said...

Thanks guys.


Jared, I highly recommend you go for it and try a location cut paper piece. It is a bit daunting but the limitations create some interesting choices and results.

LeDidole, I appreciate the note on the tangent. I actually planned it on purpose. I love the idea of depth and perspective being hinted at but not literal. In most of my other work I tend to flatten out the depth in shapes and let lines run through the compositions. This was a timed exercise for myself so once I hit the end I left it. Had I had more time to create more paper studies I am sure I would have continually flattened out the shape perspective and played with the subject more. I guess it is just something I enjoy.

 
At 10:15 AM, Blogger Tim Blair said...

Great piece! Love the textures and the bold dark shapes playing against the delicate treatment of the sky. Cheers!

 
At 6:42 PM, Blogger pakoto said...

great composition! i envy you!!

 
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At 7:31 PM, Blogger Christian Robinson said...

Beautiful! I can smell the ocean :O)

 
At 8:50 AM, Blogger Jeff Harter said...

Ben, Love these. Love the Plein Air approach. I'll trade you 4 painted fish for the one on top! :o) Seriously, I'm sending you that this summer, I promise.

 

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