At the end of our cruise last month, and after doing five or six of my usual paintings, the urge for strong color hit me again. So I started a piece which I suppose you would call abstract art. I finished it last week and this is how it ended up:
The title came very naturally to me as I worked with it. I was thinking of how everything is bright, clean, sharp and shiny after a good, cleansing rainfall. At least that is how it is for us in Southern California. After months of dry weather, the hillsides turn from brown to green and in the spring the bright, almost gaudy flowers burst forth.
I thought I had finished this piece about a week earlier, but after I had settled on the title, I decided I needed some rain drops in it. Typical! I am never satisfied with any piece of work I do and always want to fiddle with it in some way. My black pens ran out of ink so who knows where it would have ended.!!!
Anyway: here is the piece BEFORE I put the raindrops in . So you can compare the two.
What do you think? With or without raindrops? If you decide to reply to my question, I would really like to know why -- too busy, --adds to the overall effect -- if it has raindrops in it it isn't really abstract -- or whatever. All you artists out there, feel free to comment. I just can't judge my own paintings objectively. May be in six months or so I will be far enough removed from them to decide which I like best. These are approximately 6 x 3 inches done in Prisma color pencils on bristol card.