David Norcross

Wings on These Things

My pace has definitely slowed down over the last month, but before Thanksgiving, I was able to finish two pieces. Twins and Double Vision are both 14×14 acrylic on birch panels.

Both of these paintings feature more of my bird characters. I broke down segments of the bird into flat blocks of bold color and repeated lines and patterns. Then I toned down the color with an acrylic paint wash. In addition to taking the edge off of the color, the wash also helps break up the stiffness that comes from the uniformity of everything and adds an organic element. In Twins, I also used my dot technique to give the birds emphasis.

I have a few more winged creatures to work on, but I have recently started working on a couple of funky portraits as well. I plan to incorporate a lot of the same design principles that I usually use, specifically intense saturation of color and the dots. All of these painting are for a show in a local coffee shop in Durham after the first of the year…stay tuned 🙂

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