Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Oil on canvas, 10" x 14", 2008
Oil on canvas, 12" x 16", 2008

Oil on canvas, 11" x 14", 2008


Oil on canvas, 12" x 16", 2008

More recent one-session paintings, except for the last one which was two sessions.

8 comments:

  1. The last one was nice, but these have structure and freedom. It's like they're flying apart, but holding together. Is that forsythia?

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  2. p.s. just to be clear, I meant these are good. the structure/freedom is thrilling, like spring itself, with a hint of danger.

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  4. Vittorio, hi. Forsythia, yes, in the center of the square one in the last post. No forsythia in these four except for a tiny blip right to the left of that white structure in the top two paintings; more yellow in the top one, then some days later more green in the second one.

    These comments mean a lot. I am, for the time being, quite isolated from other painters.

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  5. hey what happened to the other one?
    Can't blame you, i post and delete too, but it was nice.

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  6. Eh, had mixed feelings about it. Then I went back into it and really messed it up.

    You shoulda gotten here quicker. ;)

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  7. Yeah, I've ruined lots of paintings. Every now and then I bring one back. If only I had some kind of fail-safe system. . . .
    Ok, I'm going to display my shameful ignorance of technical matter here:
    is there a solvent that removes dried oil paint? I read one of Matisse's assistants use to scrub away at his paintings so that he could work on them forever and keep that open breathing look, and she recalled "I was a good eraser."
    Or is it just a matter of sanding?

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  8. Don't know of any solvent that will take off totally dried oil paint. Sanding, yes, but you'd better have a rigid surface underneath if it's canvas.

    I suppose, theoretically, no painting is ever "ruined." Just may not live long enough to bring them all back.

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