Newberry, Tone Poem in Gray

Today’s edit, there are no grays, only overlapping of warm and cool colors.

Newberry, Tone Poem in Gray, 2020, pastel, 13x18"
Newberry, Tone Poem in Gray, 2020, pastel, 13×18″

Subtle gray paintings could be a reflection of dull confused mind, in which nothing comes into focus. On the other hand, manipulating the space of a landscape with very little difference in tone is a fascinating study in nuance; how can an artist form depth with virtually nothing. I love the problem.

It is like being pulled into a mystery in which one must concentrate to make out what is there and then make sense out of vague hints. Like the barest suggestion of a very weak scent, that gives you a sense of deja vu, but not enough for clear recall, yet it askes you to keep engaged.

It is a great challenge in being subtle, hahaha, I wish I could sometimes write like that. An interesting thing, I didn’t use any gray pastel, I overlay warm and cool colors, until they achieve the right hue, which ends up being gray, but it is has layers of shimmering colors within it.

Michael Newberry, Idyllwild, 10/12/2020

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