I’ve been working on several pieces since November, not sure if it is the way to do things but now I’m finally rounding the corner of the finishing touches on a couple of pieces. It was a good thing to start several paintings in the Fall because the canvases will carry me through the winter. Although they have also been there pushing me to finish them all at once which I think was almost counter productive, so next time maybe just a couple at a time.
I’ve been working on my preferences in grounds and technique or procedure and think that after a lot of experimentation I am arriving at my particular modus operandi. I have also discovered some things about presenting work. Having been in the business for a while I’m not quite comfortable with exposing everything to everyone all at once… Not to say anything about other’s choices but I’m more of the mindset of the capillary wave effect. So this is the first pebble hitting the surface of the new year in 2016.
My first piece coming down to the finishing touches is “The Sky’s the Limit” a 24×34 oil on linen canvas. With this piece I wanted to capture the way it feels to see that big blue sky, on a clear day when you feel like there are no boundaries on what you can do. Inspired by both our common experience of nature and the model herself who’s dynamic presence and energetic ideas are every bit the depiction of the modern woman where the “Sky is the Limit” of possibilities. The two seemed to go naturally together.
With pieces starting to accumulate towards my “Book of Water” project I thought I should begin to layout the book project in the publishing software. The trick is to start the layout in the preferred format at the beginning since once you begin it is an enormous task to switch sizes. The consensus seems to be the 12×12 layout with an iPad version and PDF version.
I appreciate your comments.
I think that failing to get the painting right the first go through is part of the development of the multi-layered rich color process. A development of line and form. Even when painting en plein air and time is a factor in the development of a piece when you either get it or you don’t there is a process of development and discovery which takes place. It is precisely this process which separates the oil painters from all others and the reason I love painting in oil. In all the other arts the final piece has eliminated the drafts the first evaluations of the subject and the subsequent trial an error process. Oil painting builds upon this and shows this process of discovery of the mind and once you have enough experience your accuracy increases but you mind still shows the viewer its thought process. This depiction in paint of the mind at work in the hands of a skilled artist is what separates oil painting from the rest and allows we who paint in oil a chance to tell our personal journey in a way like no other.
I have been on such a journey with my current piece. I started out well then I lost it then it seems to be coming back. Who knows where it will go from here or if I will have to start all over but along the way you learn so much and that is part of it too.