Sunday, November 1, 2009

burgundy and yellow iris

8"x8" oil/ panel

I've finished the third iris for my mom. They will make a nice display hung together. I've used an inferior camera for the photo of this one. Liz has the good camera this weekend.


loriann said...

This one is the best of all. I think it is a combination of stroke and the fact that the strokes are sometimes unmixed fully so you reinforce the color harmony through the streaks. A gem.

brian eppley said...

Thanks Loriann. You have a very good eye. Meaning, that indeed I concentrated on looser mixing before adding stand oil. Once I start mixing in the medium I get too much color similarity and the planes become one color. The thing I like most with knife work is the ability to have so much clean color variety within a swipe of the blade. I think I'm getting much closer to the result with brushes. These small pieces make it easier but again my goal is large scale. I might have to take a loan out over winter to buy huge volumes of paint! It's funny, when I taught a knife class the students thought they were using way too much paint. I find it requires more paint to do it with brushes. Lest I forget your beloved medium. Pastels. A wonderful combination of both worlds.

Janelle Goodwin said...

This iris looks positively inspired, Brian!

loriann said...

Hi Brian, I hope your Mom is doing well and enjoying her iris.

Ah so this was completely intentional! You must be a genius.