An acrylic tribute: Paintings honor military grandfather

Published: Thursday, May 30, 2013 at 04:20 PM.

"That is painting a lot bigger than I have in the past," said Sutton.

Sutton said that tackling the task of painting on a larger scale made him rethink the process he has used in the past.

He used a different technique and layered different colors to give the paintings a luminosity of true colors, such as a purple on top of a yellow.

"I mixed blue and white. To get that kind of blue you have to build up lots of layers of colors," the artist explained of his technique. "So, instead of mixing colors to get a desired shade, I got the shade I wanted through layering; using thin, transparent layers. They are complimentaries. They cancel each other out."

In each painting Aaron, who is both red/green and blue/violet colorblind, struggles to discover the emotion of color in the ocean as he sees it in his own eyes and feels it in his soul.

Each layer had to dry prior to applying the next, so, Sutton was happy that recent days have been sunny, which helped the works dry faster.

"I wanted to finish by Memorial Day," he says.

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