Teaching my Adventures in Pastel workshop two weekends ago wetted my appetite to do a really textural painting. So I decided to do a really big one! This painting, titled Aggregate, is shown in its entirety above, and in details below. It is large: 40″x28,” and as desired, extremely textural.
An abstract conceptualist work, “aggregate” means a gathering, a collection, a whole formed of disparate elements, a loosely compacted mass of fragments, unity among separate units, to form or group into a cluster, a sum total, an overall composite. This painting attempts to show this, and I love how it describes the word in all phases, noun, adjective, and verb.
It is my first abstract conceptualist painting that I used a photo reference as the launching pad, while intentionally not staying very close to it. The color palate is a departure for me as well, and was chosen to serve the theme more than my taste, which would usually choose brighter, clearer tones.
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And meanwhile, I’d love to hear your comments below. Do you like it?