SoCal: Mondrian does Ocean Park

Claude J Greengrass

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To the best of my knowledge, Piet Mondrian never visited the west coast nor could he have been influenced by Richard Diebenkorn but in a different universe this is what might have resulted.

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This is extremely well composed (Mondrian) and the color harmony you used (Diebenkorn) is great too. Excellent Claude!!
 
Mondrian's geometric works never did anything for me, but I do use his work to teach students about Abstract Art, horizontal and vertical lines, and primary colors. I do like his early floral paintings a good deal:

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What's the medium in your painting? The colors have a more pastel or faded quality. I actually hate the term "pastel" which is usually used to denote a faded or bleached color when pastels can be incredibly brilliant. One need only look at Degas.
 
Mondrian's geometric works never did anything for me, but I do use his work to teach students about Abstract Art, horizontal and vertical lines, and primary colors. I do like his early floral paintings a good deal:


What's the medium in your painting? The colors have a more pastel or faded quality. I actually hate the term "pastel" which is usually used to denote a faded or bleached color when pastels can be incredibly brilliant. One need only look at Degas.
Mainly a blend of watercolour paint with white gouache (Titanium White) and black gouache (Lamp Black PBk6) hence the pastel cast to the colours. Unfortunately the Red/Pink experienced a large colour shift on drying which rendered it much more saturated that I wanted.
 
I always saw Mondrian's work (the geometric stuff) as an evolution of cubism--his invention or answer to it in the ongoing conversation (in the context) of art history, if that makes sense.
 
I always saw Mondrian's work (the geometric stuff) as an evolution of cubism--his invention or answer to it in the ongoing conversation

That is likely exactly what it was... Of course, Picasso rejected the notion of abstraction.

Mainly a blend of watercolour paint with white gouache (Titanium White) and black gouache (Lamp Black PBk6) hence the pastel cast to the colours. Unfortunately the Red/Pink experienced a large colour shift on drying which rendered it much more saturated that I wanted.

That's an issue with most water-soluble paints... including acrylic. I fight with that with the acrylic passages in my paintings. I often have to apply 6 or 8 or more layers of acrylic and wait until each dries until I get just what I am after. This is not so of oils or pastels.
 
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