Works on paper, Yupo and canvas by Stan Kurth
Here, I'll "ditto" most of the comments I made about "Door," and add that your color design is really unusual! Placement of the brilliant orange fields in only the lower half of the painting and at the right and left margins is daring, and yet, you manage to create a dynamic balance overall! Again, more for me to study.
It's funny, I'm the type, almost like a todler, when told not to do something it makes me more prone to do it. I remember in life drawing in college the instructor would get upset with me because i smeared the graphite with my fingers to get the values I wanted. I kept doing it and still got an A. I have found that when I do something daring and I look long enough at it and it continues to work for me, then it is OK. I am of the opinion that anything goes as long as it integrates. The orange in this painting is borderline but I think because of the small amount on the upper half of the painting it takes away the dominance of the larger color fields on the bottom. I've seen this in quite a few Hans Hoffman paintings and it works for me.
Thank you for explaining this to me. Your instinct to rebel against imposed "rules" and satisfy your own aesthetic sensibility has led to innovations that are, in my viewpoint, very successful! I am informed by your work and continue to study.
I am finding your work very intriguing. What have you found the benefit to be of collage and gesso on YUPO instead of a more traditional surface? Does it act differently than on other surfaces?
Hi Myrna,Yes Yupo works much better for me with collage because it stays flat, absolutely no buckling. The gesso makes the surface more receptive to pigment, both watercolor and acrylic. I can rub and scrub it and don't get the faking off that is typical without the gesso. Sometimes I can be hard on surfaces.