5 x 5 x 3/4 inches, Abstract Ode to Mars
There is quite a story behind this painting. First, this piece only the second abstract I've EVER painted. I think the first was in 1969 or so. I didn't get into painting abstracts because I stubbornly felt doing so was cheating. But to paint a good abstract is not cheating. You need interesting design/composition, good color/value and mixtures and understanding of the medium you are painting in.
So why did I paint an abstract today? I'm on pain killers for oral surgery. It's not that I'm all high or giddy, but I did let my guard down. I wanted to paint something really fun. But it turned out not to be totally fun because I was getting too tight with my brushwork and was loosing the imaginative effect I wanted. I also wanted this to be a study is grey and would call the piece: 50 Shades of Grey.
Turns out, I'm not that good with grey and moved to green instead. Martians are still green right? Even though Mars is the red planet. I also got way loose with the brushwork and added palette knife patches.
With the discovery of water under the terrain of Mars, I thought why not bring Mars into the title. BTW: There is a little martian portrait in this painting. Can you find it?