When Christine Swann gave the workshop and the demo, she talked about the mid-point in a painting, the crazy color stage. If the values were equal, the color could be anything (almost).
Today Gail Sibley wrote about The Ugly Stage. It's pretty much the same as crazy color, using bright, bold, energetic colors that cause later layers to glow. The paintings of some artists, like Daniel Greene, never catch a case of the uglies; they look good from the drawing to the finish. For those of us who struggle or toss around ideas and colors, the painting is an evolving monster. However, as Gail says, "If we don’t take the chance to push beyond the ugly stage, the stage where it feels futile to go any further, we’ll never evolve as artists." It's a good read with photos to illustrate her point. Read more.
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