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Homage to Albers

In 21 Day Painting Challenge, Drawing, Painting by Zoe Nathan1 Comment

I’ve long been interested in the possibilities present in the work of Josef Albers. When I first saw his Homage to the Square, I thought of sunsets, landscapes, and quality of light. Now, I recognize the mathematician in his work. I realized I had enough for two 7 inch Homage to the Square images back to back, but what I didn’t realize at first was how precisely the squares fit concentrically and what a beautiful …
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Life is in the details…

In 21 Day Painting Challenge, Painting by Zoe Nathan2 Comments

I just bought a bunch of very fine pointed brushes for detail, and didn’t think to bring them with me for the occasion of my first painting of the series! Alas, it probably is the only reason I can credit for finishing a painting, satisfactorily or not! (Those of you who know me can attest that I can get a bit obsessive over detail. So being forced to retreat from it can be useful!) Here …
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Consistency matters…

In 21 Day Painting Challenge, Framing and Preparation by Zoe NathanLeave a Comment

I’m exploring the concept in broader terms by doing this challenge; however, I learned that the consistency of gesso is also super important! Last night, when I started priming the papers around midnight, I toiled with the gesso, willing it to mix smoothly on the palette and spread evenly onto the paper. My brush continuously fell apart onto the surface of the paper as it pushed the glue-like gesso across, and I spent about an …