Monday, February 21, 2011
A Comment on Comments
CHOCOLATE MICE, section three of the painting Rodents in The Pastry Case, a working title that tickles me.
A painting I won't quit. I know you guys are sick of it, don't like it (no comments have been made, a give away), and Honey really hates it--thinks it's a waste of time, but I love the idea of it. I know the triptych will be a knockout. I will persevere to master this style that is so different than my gesture, full arm lose approach.
My tight little mice are coming along though. Glazing is key, something I have to experiment with more if I'm going to make this medium and subjects like this (flat, hard edge items) mine. I tried using watercolour consistent paint on top of the flat acrylic undercoat, but didn't care for the look. Glazes made with matte medium were cleaner and richer. So wet into wet and glazing with medium will be how I will proceed. The painting is far enough along where I can taste the finish. What a challenge this is--and how hard it is to stick with it all alone with my conviction.
I'm missing educated critiques. Comments is for compliments only it seems. What a waste in a group that has known all their lives that they had talent and their work had merit.
Got off to a nice start with Fall Woods--but all starts are nice. As you paint down to the details, that is when the problems step in. But I don't expect any with this painting. In my free and easy dot,dab,slash style, landscapes like this are so much less stressful than Mice in the Pastry Case.