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A Surprise Painting

January 25, 2012

It's Still Winter - Acrylic and Graphite on Cradled Panel, 8x8"

This painting is the perfect example of how unpredictable my process is. Look at the before version below (with apologies for the bad photo.) Remember all that splattered and smeared and troweled color? All it ended up doing was create a very interesting texture when covered with white and gray and lines. It was probably the least promising of the three pieces I’d started. But I went out there tonight and decided to transform it into one with a neutral palette. I like it now.

Work In Progress, Before Version

 

Goodbye to Mediocrity

Next, I’ve been going through some paintings that I’d like to cover with new work. They are ones that were OK at the time I did them, but don’t really stand the test of time. We all have those, don’t we? After all, I do have quite a few that I’d never think of painting over. But I was surprised how many I found out there in the studio that are just ripe for something new. Large canvases to possibly use in my new painting/collage experiments. It was like going shopping!

A New Online Discovery

I’ve just discovered a fun website for collage artists, kohlage.com. I may sign up and upload some pieces. Lots of interesting stuff to see there, including a whole list of links to free and open source images for use in collage. If you visit the site, be sure to visit the “resources” page.

I’m going to have fun tomorrow smearing some more paint. I hope you have some interesting things happening in your world too.

15 Comments leave one →
  1. January 26, 2012 2:48 pm

    always very nice to see your work and sometimes revisiting aold peices works well.Very often looking at mine from a differrent angel you get new inspuration and hay presto new paining plus lovely texture

    • January 26, 2012 4:33 pm

      Thanks, Chris. I find that to be true too. Surprises often happen this way, at least for me.

  2. February 4, 2012 2:58 pm

    This one. Above the sofa in my dream house.
    Something so peaceful about it, creamy and quite. Love surprises 😉

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