Heck Yeah was a painting ready to be born in 2019. The beginning stage for me was exploring color. “Living Coral” was just announced as the color of the year by Pantone. Pantone is a universal color management company.
Color of the Year
I started a large painting with the idea of featuring Living Coral...(there has to be some sort of launch of inspirarion...right?)
I love mixing color....I could do it all day!!! ... (sometimes I do!!!)
The painting hung out for awhile while I waited for the initial layer to dry. Feeling lost about where to take it next, I sanded it down a bit and added a big amount of white to see how I might be inspired. For me this is a difficult part of the process of making an abstract painting. I've learned to listen for what it is telling me that it needs. Sometimes I just can't hear a thing, but I want to paint. When I don't know were to go with it, it's best work on something else until what is being asked for is clear to me. Then this happened.....
... Jonathan Van Ness's post on Instagram. (click on the image to go to IG and follow him!)
He's been diligently learning how to figure skate with some sort of olympic aspiration. He's really serious and passionate about doing this and he posts his progress with entertaining short videos of his rapid improvement as well as his painful falls and awkwardness. Somehow witnessing his hard work and dedication is an inspiration. I was really surprised at how that inspiration showed up for me here. It's the backdrop to this skating rink. I really like the shapes and colors. My painting was telling me where it wanted to go by watching Jonathan practice! The following images show my paintings' progression.
...and peeking through all the layers is some of the original color... Living Coral.
I titled this painting Heck Yeah because toward the end when it the pieces were flying into place, I stood back and said...Hell Yeah! (a bit of my father comes through me once in awhile).
This painting is BOLD! It spoke to me boldly while it was growing up. It's strong and makes a statement .... like Jonathan. It's one of my favorite! Click here to see more details.