Sunday, March 22, 2009
Sometimes, no matter how well-conceived a painting is, it fails to come to life on the canvas (or, in my case, board). It can be a matter of composition, choice of colours or a combination of several elements that don't quite coalesce the way I'd expected. It can take a while to figure out what the problem is.In the past, I used to get frustrated and abandon the work. I'd just throw it away. Now I'm smarter. And more patient. I wait. Eventually, the painting itself begins to tell me what's wrong and in most cases, I can fix it. For the past ten days, I've been working on a study for a new painting. I was pretty happy with it right up until I finished applying the largest areas of colour. Then I wasn't. I wasted several hours tinkering with it until around midnight, last night, I realised what the problem was. This morning, I'll strip away everything I've done over the past few days – not to start again exactly but to finish differently.