Thursday, December 13, 2007
'Angel Frost' - oil - 16x20
So this is an exercise in restraint. How to keep all color, value and edge work very tightly knit together so that the painting almost becomes a dream state. Of course, John Twachtman comes to mind when doing any painting of this nature. I love that lyrical, poetic quality in some subjects.
For the painters out there, this was painted on a linen that I had re-primed with Gamblin's oil primer but found it to be very slick to paint on. Aha! For a painting that needed to be almost translucent, in my concept, I knew that the combination of Flake White and this surface might just give me exactly what I needed to pull it off. It did. WE all know about those times when materials, artist, concept and subject all work together to make what we do seem like we might almost have a grip on it. Of course we also know that is a lie! I know that the 'struggle' only hides itself to tease us once in awhile and that inevitably, it will rear it's beastly head again soon. Such is the life of a painter, or at least of mine.
'Angel Frost' is as the name implies, that time in winter when everything is covered in frost that is so delicate that it could only have been applied by angels. Well, it is the Holiday Season!