Sunday, February 19, 2012
Maternal Gaze - Part 2
The first area that was really lacking any color was the face. As my mentor mused earlier "Beige..and beiger". So, I wanted to get rid of that and, just have some fun. My thought is, if I ruin what I've done so far, then "Who Cares". I also am reading Hawthorne on Painting and Robert Henri's The Art Spirit. Both advise only one brushstroke per load of paint so the brushstrokes can remain pure and juicy, instead of scrubbed and muddied. Now, I've known that for years and I tell my students to quit trying to get 5 or so strokes out of one load of paint and yet, I've been guilty of doing that myself. So, this time, I only allowed myself one stroke per brush load. I also worked on the bedspread because I found the stripes on the sheet to be irritating. Eventually, I just painted over them. I had made those stripes up to create visual interest, and I may go back after I am done painting the folds on the sheet and put a pattern on them, but I am not sure.
Finally...I painted in the pattern on the bedspread and finished the sheet and pillow. My camera tends to wash out the colors, but this gives the basic idea for now. I was told a long time ago that it takes two people to paint a picture. One person to paint it and the other person to take the paintbrush away. I'm leaving this painting alone now for awhile!