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April 08, 2011

Anatomy of a Painting.

UPDATE: 
To quote Churchill, "Never give in--never, never, never..." I say this because essentially during my darkest hour, it occurred to me that maroon was evil and that cherry blossom pink was my savior. 

Phase 4.
PROPOSED save. I usually do NOT go photoshopping around my paintings, but I was desperate. We'll see how close it comes out in real life. I should move on, but obviously I can't. Acrylic is suddenly the bane of my existence.  Blame it on the materials. This is like watching a train wreck in slow motion isn't it? To me it is. 

Phase 3.
Phase 2 was too locked in. Although raw and slightly primitive, it felt too 1980. I wasn't happy with it. I thought about my gesso issue and thought maybe adding some white drips up top would add another layer  of both meaning and paint to it, but then I kept making more marks. I obliterated the marks, and made sweeping seasick green strokes, giving it some sort of quasi-uniform coverage on the right. I wiped that away, almost immediately and reworked back to Phase 2, but of course, you can never go back, so I added the sea sick green AGAIN. Knowing I was trying to preserve Curler Head there in the middle, which is always a mistake-you can never preserve one area of a painting- It's always the kiss of death when you do- I transformed Curler Head into a bouquet of Curler Head. I added the blue ribbon because I felt like it deserved to win first place. I titled it, "I'm Sorry, It's Over," for obvious reasons. 

Phase 2.
After much refining, I thought I would call it finished here. Still raw, but structured. I titled it Curler Head during this phase. 

Phase 1. 
For a day or two I thought I would call it finished here. It was rough and awkward. 

3 comments :

Nomi Lubin said...

Oh, wow, you did pull it off. How weird! Not that you pulled it off, but the way you did. I don't miss the first pass anymore. Wow. Very impressive.

Mary Addison Hackett said...

Thanks. When I look at a painting and somehow don't recognize it as mine or feel distanced from it, I know it's some sort of victory for me. I struggle sometimes between how I want to paint, how I think I should paint, and how I actually paint. Ultimately I think all my work needs to go through these phases. I may delete this post. I'm feeling very self-conscious all the sudden about being so open about my process and showing works in progress.

Steven LaRose said...

The blue bow cracked me up.