January 16, 2007
Lull Before Storm
But one overnighter was enough and we were glad to return to a normal house... just as we'll be anxious to leave again in just a few days. It's a working balance. Not really motivated to return to painting for upcoming shows just yet so I've been working on a 6'x8' landscape diptych which, as usual, has been giving me fits. I'd put a cluster of tall pines in the foreground to camouflage the break in the two canvases and it just wasn't working compositionally. So wiped them out and simplified the whole shmeer... and it's working much better now. Not well enough to digitalize and show the world, but with a little luck, maybe soon. Unless panic grips again and the trauma of deadlines takes over my life. Lots of swearing off of anything resembling a future show commitment usually follows.
The painting above is on paper applied to cradled panel which was covered with canvas. I'm hearing that works under glass are in fashion once again so maybe this step won't be necessary. I'd like to eventually be able to pull off the simplicity of this type of landscape on a much larger scale, but I'm seldom satisfied with such a sketchy painting on larger sizes.