What Happens To My Leftover Paint?

The majority of my paintings begin from the randomness largely due to a habit of using every last drop of paint on the pallet. Originally I simply didn’t want to the waste paint, but overtime the habit simply become a part of my style and I wasn’t sure I could leave it behind without sacrificing a component of my style. Anyway, I do enjoy the challenge of filling in the missing pieces of a puzzle. Being forced to use what generally isn’t  often not the most preferable color has taught me to prioritize tone and contrast over hue which inevitably seems to create a more composed piece. I’m still trying to get a handle on exactly what the technical term for what I’m doing is,  but I think it means as I’m working on painting as though it were in black and white.

The downside is that  this method is extremely  inefficient  which I’m taking the time to evaluate when it’s works in my favor so that in the future I can continue to do it only when it serves its purpose.



Solid Colors In Negative Space

Using the leftover pallet paint  seems to work best when I have whole or partial solid backgrounds already prepared. The combination of the chaos in contrast with the clarity helps grow a clearer picture. I’m just beginning to appreciate the use of solid colors as a way to define space and create depth. Using solid colors to explore the idea of positive vs. negative space is a concept I’ll be working with often for the next several weeks.


Work In Progress…