Sunday, January 17, 2010
Two fairly decent roses painted over a lousy forest
If I keep painting over failed paintings I might never have to buy another support again. I have a mountain of bad paintings. Someone told me once that many bad paintings is a very positive thing! Keep going despite bad painting and eventually, because of sheer tenacity and volume, more and more the bad paintings get replaced with better ones. The old painting was a plein air painting from last year where tried to capture the light filtering through a bunch of trees. Ugh! Didn't even come close to working! So, I placed the old painting upside down on my easel and I painted these two roses, with Richard Schmid in mind. Schmid is known for his crisp brushwork that is combined with washy looking strokes that serve as the background. I certainly did not accomplish what the master Schmid does....but it helped me to keep thinking about how he puts down paint cleanly and deliberately!
Oil on 5 x 7 gessoed board