Monday, August 22, 2016
My Early Work.......C.Y Stephens
While attending Iowa State University I took one of the painting courses offered. The course was one that required much discipline to accomplish a number of paintings in a very short period of time. I really was not an experienced artist and was in college to learn the skills of teaching and the art mediums. During the painting class I produced many different kinds of painting as I really didn't have any established style of painting. I was very inexperienced.
The black and white version of the painting gives you a feeling of what I had for references as I mixed the paints to make the values of color for the painting. My instructor did not give directions or opinions about the students work but this one she felt that I had perfected a great work of art.
I was 20 years old then and fresh out of a small town high school. It amazes me to this day that I could figure it out as best that I did to get the colors working in the composition. It was trial and error being a major part of the job. I am sure some of those squares have been painted many layers before I got the right colors to work. At the time this was a popular way of doing paintings fitting into the Pop Art world in some way. I remember specifically a person drawing out the side view of a threshing machine into shapes and painting it in a similar color scheme.
Forty some years later the painting is in good shape. The varnish that we were taught to apply with a brush has yellowed in places. I am sure there is a process to remove it and replace it with a thin spray of varnish. The modern paining hangs at the top of the stairs in our house and it has always fit into our everyday life.