Monday, August 6, 2012
Heirloom Roses, 11x14
Painting Give-Away #4. Make a comment to enter to win.
I've been driving past these roses for three weeks wanting to paint them. Backlit by evening light they were a challenge that necessitated more than one use of the palette knife to erase what wasn't working.
It was too easy to breakup the larger shapes with unnecessary detail....I felt like I was on a teeter-totter between too little and too much. Finally I felt satisfied with this....and then wished I had used a larger canvas. I like the result.
The words of Bill Reese often ring through my head. Giving a few of us a tour of his home and artwork he stopped in front of a large pastel of Mexican dancers. He said that painting was the only painting of the thousands he must have painted that he wouldn't alter or change. Those words allow me to end paintings when they feel finished rather than when they are perfect. Someday I may paint that one piece that I won't want to change....but it hasn't happened yet.
Make a comment. You never know. I might just give away two.