Carol Bivins

“Color has an emotional effect independent of its subject matter. This is why I believe color is often one of the most exciting components of a painting.”


My paintings are not so much conceptually driven as much as they are process driven. I usually begin a painting by mark-making and laying in color fields and forms in a somewhat random fashion using oil sticks, pastels, oil pens, charcoal, collage... whatever I feel inspired to use. Once a satisfying series of marks is laid down, I add

oil and cold wax -- layering with texture and color. Areas of the painting can then be scraped back revealing earlier marks and allowing the history of the painting's development to become visible.

 

The initial color choices are negotiated intuitively.  As the painting develops, and using a form of painterly logic that is intrinsic to the work, those choices become more and more analytical -- does it need warmth or coolness; what color will bring energy to the work -- what color will serve to edit effectively.  If you look at your work long enough, it will tell you what to do.

Paintings in Oil and Cold Wax

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