I entered my fishermen painting in the local watercolour exhibition. mmm ha – OK it is alright – but as my friend Mel pointed out, it is two or three different paintings kind of plakked onto a page. So I decided to do it again. I have been asked to submit five paintings for the SASA merit exhibition in Jan sometime (note to self – read the mail bud…) I am keen to paint in the next few weeks to see if I can’t crank up my skill and create something new and fresh. Of course this will mean turning down some of the around-the-house jobs. So I will have to see how well I can work when I sleep in the kennel (just kidding).
Anycase I am rambling. This is because I have drawn up the sheet and am building up the courage to mix the paints and do the work. Here is the design – what do you think? The smudges are from Dobbie and Frodo walking on it while I was supervising my nephew Ben who kindly picked up an irrigation upgrade job for me. What a guy – thanks Ben.
This is on a full sheet of Arches Cold Pressed.
Oh yes, I also entered one of my paintings of Ethan doing an Ollie, (the first one with the dark tree in the background. The one you guys who comment here gave me such useful feedback on. And I entered one of my paintings of The Pipe (well I had to I think).
The judges told me that they argued about whether they should throw the painting out because it was entered in a frame without glass or give it first prize because it was so good. Talk about a polarised jury. Anyway they didn’t hang and put it on with a highly commended or something.
Anyway – I will stop procrastinating. I will crank up Carly Simon really loud and begin.
OK – Carly Simon did the trick – as well as JS Bach on the organ. So I did the first wash – covering most of the painting though I had not intended to paint this way – it just seemed to go that way.
I had just done this when I was called for pizza made by Aura and Sinead – those girls can make a mean pizza.
Thanks for the comments Leslie and Cecily. Mmmm – I see the pencil is quite dark. I actually did do a sort of value sketch but in the end I worked out the composition and relative sizes of the figures, rocks and boat on the page which I guess is a bit messy. I am going to see the link you left Leslie. Thanks for the other view. Some of the people here are very easy with offering criticism. I am OK with that too. And your comments provide a nice balance. One of the judges was a local artist who approached the whole business in a more intuitive and emotional way and he said he found it difficult to deal with the others who were more formal and I suppose academic. I love Charles Reid’s comment that people who invented composition had nothing better to do with their time. (o: – I like iconoclasts…
I hope I can do more tomorrow.
OK it is now Monday morning and I had a chance to do a little work on the painting yesterday afternoon. Just in one corner.
On Saturday evening I was a bit bushed and tried to get going. I did the green on the boat and realised I was going about this wrong. So I retired and read from one of Charles Reid’s books as I lay in bed. I like the way he does a whole section of a painting in one go – but (and here is the lesson for me) he does not do the whole painting at once (necessarily). So is it OK to do a section and rest. You can see I put in the figure with the yellow hat. The Rastas grow long dreadlocks and put them in hats like this. I was getting into a bit of flow with this part of the painting when I had to go. I am quite pleased with how it looked. Here is the detail:
OK it is Monday night and I have had a chance to do more on the painting. There is a scary amount of colour that has to go onto the rocks in the foreground. There is a lot of moisture to manage.
The purple rock looks just like that, with these beautiful stripes. In fact the colours in the rocks are just right. Shame the little boat is kind of hanging there. I should have put in some of the surrounding colour. I must think about the sea too. Mmmm – big paintings are a mission – fun – (0:
Here we are on Tuesday night and it is time to sleep – but I am now this far:
What do you think?
The purple rock in the foreground has the most beautiful stripes. But I think it looks like bad watercolour so I am planning to wheel in the Squirrel Mop (gasp!). I have tried to keep the outcrop in the background more subdued. And of course the poor little boat needs a sea to cruise around in. I found some scarlet lake for the boat which has a lovely shiny red hull. I quite like how the chatter marks on the foreground rock worked – the sea rolls these rocks around on the beach in the big storms.
OK – what do you think of the Thursday night version? mmmmm – haaaaa??? I am not sure?
OK and here is the final:
And here is me varnishing. I stick paintings on the wall outside the studio for natural light and there is a tree I lean against to steady myself. When it was up I noticed the ropes hanging over the back of the boat had not been completed. And some gross detail; I spit in the palette to wet my brush so rather than going inside – lazy me.