Blue, Blue Sky, 2013, Jo-Ann Sanborn
acrylic on canvas, 20x40
Blue, Blue Sky is a bit of an Everglades abstraction, but when you see it in context with the other prairie paintings, I think it has a place in the sequence.
All of my canvases are usually primed with a dark, warm tone. I build a painting starting with a dark toned canvas background and work into the light. The light forms are scumbled in, and then I go back and working the darks again.
I do this over and over until I've got the forms built and the negative shapes working in a way that balances and works compositionally. Usually it's quite late in a painting that I start on the details.
Blue, blue sky was built in just this way. I love how the sky seems to have volume of its own from the layers of blue, and how the palm forms seem like family on a journey. What do you see?