|Another Thirty Minute Session. Was it worth it?|
|Yesterday's Thirty Minute Session; From scratch to heavy handedness.|
This drawing was worth another session. It would make a worthwhile painting. When I posted her on FB
yesterday, I suddenly thought she looked a bit ghoulish. She needed to be softened up. So, today, another thirty minutes was spent using more knead than pencil and a stub, a tool I seldom use. She lightened up. I also came across some measurement errors and corrected and I defined her left hand. Did I over twiddle and tweak? I don't think so. I think a small break in time between execution and achieving satisfaction is a part of the process. The danger of twiddling and tweaking is in getting too picayune. Knowing when to stop is the skill to reach for.
In abstraction too. Gerhard Richter's abstractions are superb. I met the painter through Sara and Robert Genn's Newsletter. I went to You Tube and watched his process. He reminded me of the period in my life where I just loved the paint itself and seeing how colors behaved with other colors. Without the limitations set by subject matter, painting really is a blast. BUT YOU MUST KNOW WHEN TO STOP. There's nothing worse than an overdone abstract--every element in the composition nailed down and static--every color fighting for center stage. Richter's work is anything but still, anything but garish. If you have fifty minutes free this weekend watch this documentary on his evolution as a painter.
If you have only three minutes to spare, see his process. Who says you need a brush when a squeegee will do grand things? If you love color interacting with color without the distractions of subject. This is a guy to know.