Beginning with the collage, focusing on the directional shifts of the NY Post headlines.
A zoom-in on a Page Six clipping, featuring Sarah Palin majestically turning down her free gift bag, yet, keeping the bottle of TY•KU.
With more of the surface covered, I set down another outline layer, to help define the boundaries of background, subject(s) and foreground.
Fully collaged, a round of red outlines and some cadmium splashes throughout. If you are a first time viewer, I explain the use of words in my pictures quite thoroughly in this entry near the bottom.
Here comes the yellow. My standard color cycles involve the primary and secondary triads, varying tone and saturation, on repeat. Red – Yellow – Blue; Orange, Green, Purple.
Finishing the first cycle with blue.
The first round of orange was light, a near yellow-orange. The background is beginning to form.
Some greens, muted with white… capturing a foundation color of the green TY•KU bottle.
And, my favorite, some dark purples… really beginning to set the image apart, and simultaneously confuse the space.
Where would we be without some Pepto pink?
Another round of soft yellows… looking to keep the background light.
A light, almost lime green. The biggest challenge with this composition is the black and white bottles… and their positioning.
Finally, the outlines of the bottles, tree, background form and logos; all hand-painted for imperfection.
Beginning to work the near-whites into the picture… I never use pure black or pure white, everything is mixed.
A big visual jump with more whites.
Casting the shadows of the giant tree on the right with purple, and adding flavor to the tree with some saturated greens. Is that a bottleman I see in there?
The background has now taken form, and the bottles are being worked over one at a time.
Two, two reflecting bottles.
Make that three. Reflecting near black on near black, super easy to do.
Nearly complete, after some hard staring, I realized something was missing.
That’s when I realized, it was time to get my Max Beckmann outline on.
And the final. TY•KU, captured in a collage painting – delivered to TY•KU headquarters in person.