Janelle writing here today.
When I am busy taking photos or making videos of Johnny working, I'm always drawn to the palette of the moment. They seem like their own works of art, to me. I like how the paint is mixed together, of course, but I also like the big, thick swipes and blotches of paint. The texture is fantastic.
When Johnny wipes them off , the effect can be so lovely.
I started taking pictures of his working palettes years ago, but these are all just from this visit to Umbria. The colors represent the winter turning to spring.
|I try to get a few shots throughout a working session.|
|Semi-clean, to start a new painting.|
|Beautiful Umbrian colors!|
The little white plastic palette he uses for his gouache paintings isn't so charming, but still, I like it.
|Painting #1 already put aside. Now for the second piece of the day.|
In the studio here, he uses the hand held type of palette. He moves around the larger canvases a lot, so he needs to have that paint right there, at hand...so to speak.
|Studio palette with Umbria all over it.|
|Must have been a painting of Lago Trasimeno, The Blue Heart of Umbria.|
I try to get shots of the palette with the painting of the moment still in the scene. As I am often out on a walk while Johnny is working, I'll miss the moment before he packs the painting away. Here are some of the shots with 8X8 inch paintings, all fresh and still wet...
|Work in progress, with a nice palette shot.|