"City Looks Pretty To Me", acrylic on canvas, 20" x 20". This painting will be included in the upcoming hardcover book AcrylicWorks 5: Bold Values.
I received another exciting message in my email this week! My news is that my painting "City Looks Pretty to Me", acrylic on canvas, is to be included in an upcoming hardcover book by North Lights Books. AcrylicWorks 5: Bold Values is the title of the book, a compilation of work from approximately 115 artists, including artwork that's based on the use of bold values. Value, in paintings, means the contrast of dark to light colors in a painting, and is the predominating feature for the design of a painting. I thrive on design and composition and it's a huge motivator for my painting process. I often ask mid-painting "is this working?" . In all the creative arts, this is the personal question designers and artists are constantly asking themselves. To be followed by Tim Gunn's comment, to "Make it work." A gorgeous color palette (as a sole design emphasis) on a painting does not make a painting work, it's the use of values in design that makes a painting hold together well.
The call for art from North Light Books stated this in the description: "One cannot overstate the importance of value in painting . . . we are looking for excellence in acrylic painting in a variety of styles and subjects. The dominant medium must be acrylic." So, understandably, I am thrilled to have this in my future. This 5th edition of AcrylicWorks will be published in 2018.
My next contribution for the book will be to write a short piece about my intention, my thought process and inspiration for creating this painting, and how these relate to the theme of bold values. Since I thrive on composition, design and the use of values (the supporting framework for design), the only difficulty will be remembering what my inspiration was! Again, this is a painting that came out of my painting process, not from a literal or tangible reference. The title came to me after I stood back and viewed the painting from a distance . . .I love the shapes, lighting, shadow effects and color palette found in the landscape and visual fabric of cities . . . these are such exciting sources for inspiration for my creativity.
A peek at the 4th edition, published in April is here: