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Getting Over This Painting

August 4, 2010

This painting has been through a few more changes today. The final picture was taken after the sun had started going down, and after correcting the color as much as I could, I wanted to show it so I’m including it.

But first, here’s what I decided to do. It was apparent that I needed to introduce something unexpected into the mix. So I taped off an area and created another little window on the far right with some black gestural strokes on white.

I wanted the stark black and white toned down and more integrated into the surface. So first I added some heavy gel (bad picture I know, but you get the idea.)

The after the gel hardened and cleared, I added a wash of a dirty yellow-gray on top and some black dots. After that dried, I applied a coat of self-leveling clear gel over the whole painting.

And this is the result as of tonight.

Perhaps tomorrow I’ll shoot this again, because the colors are far from perfect. But I promised to show what was done today.

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6 Comments leave one →
  1. August 5, 2010 12:58 am

    The blacks are coming through beautifully. The aged look is perfect. The calligraphic part is a powerful statement. I’m trying to see it with fresh eyes — as if I hadn’t seen the former stages. To make the magic come alive.

    • August 5, 2010 7:26 am

      “I’m trying to see it with fresh eyes — as if I hadn’t seen the former stages.” So am I, Eva, so am I.

      Thanks for your always thoughtful feedback. I’m glad — a little relieved, actually — that you have a positive response to the black. I was afraid if might not work, but maybe it does.

      As I’ve said many times, this is a lot like having all of you in the studio with me, and what fun that would be in reality!

  2. August 5, 2010 3:08 am

    Although I want to see photos when it’s dry, I think this speaks much more clearly of your hand as the artist. Does it *feel* good now Martha?

    • August 5, 2010 7:31 am

      Cath, I think so. I used another painting of mine to provide clues for the changes. As soon as the sun comes out, I’m going to shoot it again and show it. I think you’ll get a better idea today.

  3. August 5, 2010 7:18 am

    MMMmmm…..I LIKE !

    The textures are richer due to your skillful layering. Great work, Martha!

    There’s another sibling to balance the “glaring stand-off” between the first two siblings. They couldn’t come to an agreement, so the third can act as a wonderful mediator.
    Or, he can just stand there and yell,” I’m telling MOM!” which may be just as effective. 🙂

    I knew I could trust you……..!

  4. August 5, 2010 7:32 am

    Love, love your description, DJ. It was very much like that!! Thanks, I’m very glad you like it. Better pic today, promise.

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