Tuesday, August 30, 2011
The Five Faces of Summer OR: OMG Am I in Trouble?
I began this painting in June, 2010 and finished it a couple of days ago, August, 2011. A year and two months to feel finally satisfied that that's the expression I was after. What did I say about Speedo and Mr. Earl?
I took the first reference photo in 2009. (Talk about having some mixed feelings about this scene). The metamorphosis from then to now is amazing. It's a shame I didn't stop at each phase,and start fresh; the scene interests me in all it's forms.
The top painting is the final one. Under that is how the painting started. The next is when I got mad at the prettiness of the thing and lashed out. And the final one is how it hung in the basement for the last months before I couldn't stand it anymore and picked up a piece of black pastel, (a curious oxymoron),and laid into it again.
--And then, along the way, I paint another summer in another way--it's neat and prim and exacting.... Moods change with me, when they do, so does my style.
--That's very interesting,but could be very stupid, as Arty and Peter might say.(NOTE: for those of you too young to remember, I refer to Arty Johnson and Peter Sellers on Laugh In).