Monday, March 24, 2014

Delaware Bridge

Delaware Bridge
Acrylic on paper
8” x 10”
Chris Breier © 2014
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It’s difficult to judge the lightness or darkness of a color against the pure white of the paper so many artists will coat a blank canvas with a solid color before they begin. Here, I used cadmium red which creates little bits of the red at the edges of some of the shapes. However, pure cadmium red can be somewhat irritating to look at for extended periods of time and it can be difficult to judge colors against. Toned grounds are typically a more neutral color for this reason.

This is a view of the Delaware bridge that connects Tonawanda with North Tonawanda. The 3rd bridge from the left is the bridge in the painting. Visit the North Tonawanda History Museum website to read more about the history of the bridges in this area.

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