In the end I decided to do a rough copy of Joan Miro's Catalan Peasant in the Moonlight. The first photo is mine. The second photo is the original. The green at the top of mine did not photograph well - it is much more saturated and grass-greeny. I have mixed feelings about copying someone else's work. I guess it stems from my feeling that it lacks imagination. But maybe I just admired the simple composition and the use of color so much I had to imitate it.
I know the composition is not exactly the same. If I had wanted it to be the same I would have projected the original onto the canvas. But I didn't. I wanted to get the same feeling using my own gestures and not looking at the original when I did mine. I'm not completely happy with the end product. I think it looks clumsy and forced. But then again the original has a certain amount of carelessness about it. I don't know. I enjoyed doing this, though. Maybe I'll make a striper for this one.
I have continued working on the Green Jello painting and am now in phase 2. Working in a composition similar to Joan Miro's Catalan Peasant in the Moonlight, I am focusing on color and texture. I am just so inspired by Joan Miro's use of color and simple lines. The yellow is like a shooting star at the top and the blue and red at the bottom bring your eye around the composition and back to the large red section. Everything you see in the light green will eventually be black - gesso or paint of some sort. That should add an element of drama and define positive and negative spaces in the whole piece.
I had a dream where I was watching a street performer dive into and swim through a huge cube of green jello. So that has inspired me to paint in GREEN! This is the background for my new painting. I am taking photos along the way to document the building of the piece. More to come.