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DAY 10: 181°

2017 September 10
"181°" (acrylic & silver leaf on 5″×7″ unstretched canvas) by R.L. Gibson

“181°” (acrylic & silver leaf on 5″×7″ unstretched canvas) by R.L. Gibson

It is Day 10 of the 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge sponsored by painter Leslie Saeta.  My tenth offering is “181º” acrylic & silver leaf on 5″×7″ unstretched canvasWill be available in my Etsy Shop.

As a xerographist, my work tends to be, almost exclusively, representational.  The 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge offers me an opportunity to revisit abstract painting as an alternate voice.  If red is my happy place and yellow is angry, orange must necessarily be the narrow band of safety between the two, right?  I struggle with complementary color use, but it felt right here.   Today’s traffic circle spiral is dedicated to those seeking safety from hurricane Irma. Be safe.  And, with unbleached titanium & cadmium red newly purchased, next week might take a turn.  Stay tuned.

181º is tenth of a number of paintings inspired by traffic circles:  “As a frequent traveler, I am both comforted and amused by the familiar behaviors found while traversing the traffic circle.  Well-intentioned drivers lean forward to afford themselves a better view of street signs, use their right turn signal despite all options being right turns, momentarily hit the brakes not quite certain of their choice before barreling ahead often without noticing the presence or location of other drivers on the circle or having to go ’round again because they missed the mark the first time.  It is sort of a perfect metaphor for navigating life.”

Remember, this canvas is available for $50 in my Etsy Shop.

Next stop? Day Eleven.

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