Sometimes it’s what you leave out or in this case what I’ve taken out that makes the difference between a good painting and a bad one. This piece in it’s original iteration was rejected from a show. Now I don’t always believe a judge is correct in their estimation of a piece. Also sometimes a judge may just think you pieces doesn’t fit within the context of the rest of the pieces (for many possible reasons). However, in this particular case I decided to rethink and possibly rework the piece. I was happy with it originally, but I am also happy with it now and believe it is a bit better compositionally.
Well I would be done with this one if I hadn’t inexplicably put that school of yellow fish smack dab in the middle of the piece. Why?! It must be something about the human brain wanting an orderly and balanced world. Ha! Like that’s ever going to happen. Would we really like it much if it was?
I’m definitely liking this one, though not as well as “Gratitude II” and “Thanksgiving”. I am working it up for a themed show and having that constraint is a wee bit bothersome. This is why I have never been inclined to do commission work. I prefer to work from my own inner inspiration. I don’t have far to go to complete this piece. Perhaps one more phase.
The diagonal cutting across the center of the painting wasn’t cutting it for me. Usually I find diagonal compositions exciting and interesting. Not this one. So it turns out this piece seems to want to be more of an abstract than non-objective. Yes, for those non-artist readers out there, sometimes the painting tells you what it wants to be.
Some pieces move along quickly. Some are a struggle. Often it depends on wether the artist knows what they want to say with a piece. Sometimes it has more to do with how clear the vision was before the work was begun. I’m sure writers also experience these vagaries of the creative process.
I’ve actually titled a post that way before. Aren’t us artists lucky that we can have a new beginning whenever we want. There’s often talk of us being afraid of that blank white canvas. Common advice is to quickly stain the whole thing with color. However, sometimes that white blank canvas is EXCITING!
I started this one differently, with collage bits instead of paint. Doesn’t look like much.
So the first two were potential options for my finale phase on this one. Third third is what I decided to do both for the compositions sake and because I’d stained the ribbon and had to cover it some spots. Ha! Sometimes accidents aren’t so happy, but you can make them work in the end. I hope I didn’t go too far. I think I’ll stop putting the day in my title, because I keep forgetting which one I’m on! It should be the date but I missed a day so I’m behind and I rarely pay attention to the date anymore.
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