Thursday, January 2, 2014
30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge: Number One
How do you do a painting in one day, and that means the time you take to paint in one day, if I took 24 hours I could fuss more. Reality of this limited time to paint is self discipline. I told myself that no matter what I had arrived at after two hours, that was IT! If I was not totally content with the production, too bad, that's it. Not an easy thing to do when you are a bit of a fussy perfectionist (only in painting) like me, not easy at all. So I made sure to choose an easy subject, a photograph that did a lot of the work for me first, my photo, but still pretty straight forward. I decided to limit my palette, Prussian Blue, Indian Yellow, Alizarin Crimson and Burnt Sienna. No white. These pigments are all transparent, except for Sienna that is a bit granular and not-so-much transparent. I wanted a quick and loose feel, so I used lots of Odourless Turps to thin the paint in order to use the white of the canvas for my white. It's kind of like a watercolour process, only easier, the oils don't dry and I can push them around all day long if I want. I learned this method back in the 80s when I took private lessons with Anthony Thorn. The course was in glazing, though, we'd add lots of thick impasto to the loose sketch like this, then let that dry and the glaze again, and again, and again. No one day masterpieces in that class, well, not for me anyways.
Okay, I did one painting, and for those who know my in social sites, doing one and posting it is a big deal. Like I said, the work is the other stuff, the self discipline, the having no time to fuss and convince myself it sucks and I should sell my paints and brushes, nope..keep going. I look at this image and see lots of areas that need more defining, like that pathetic looking lace cloth under the vase, oh well...there's enough perfect lace clothes in the art world, mine can remain looking like a dirty rag from a mechanic's workshop, I really don't have the time or inclination to paint lace, been there, done that.
Now, I must plan Number 2.......