Into the Fog, Oil on Canvas, by Brian Bailey

Brian Bailey, Into the Fog, Oil on Canvas, 10″ x 8″, © 2015

I’ve been thinking more about how important the relationships of shapes are in each painting.  It’s not only the shapes themselves that create a certain feeling within a composition but their relationship to the borders of the surface.  A shape very close to the edge of a plane can feel tense, as though it’s ready to fall off or it’s unwelcome.   Shapes with edges that are tucked in about a third of the way from the edge feel comfortable and settled.  The edges themselves change the way one shape relates to another.  A softened edge welcomes and blends with an adjoining shape.  One that is crisp can push away other shapes and divide the surface.  The more I think and learn about composition, the more the elements on the page have a narrative quality.  There is still so much to learn and, I think, that’s what keeps pulling me back to paint again and again.

I painted Into the Fog from a photo I took of the Golden Gate Bridge while in Tiburon, across the bay, through the cloudy sky and fog.  I’m still working on several paintings on small panels, like this one, and started a slightly larger work yesterday.  I’m still considering what to do with the 36″ x 36″ canvas leaning against the counter behind me.  It’s interesting to think about, having painted small works for quite some time.


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