|Morris is a tweak or two away from signing.|
Work on Morris has been off and on since January due to one ailment or another. Work on the next painting will be erratic as well. The surgery on my right knee in July may make standing at the easel a bit uncomfortable at first, but less and less till there's none. It's time to find a subject as absorbing as Morris to take his place on the easel. I have two subjects in mind.
|Piggy Back is a possibility.|
|Waiting At The Gate is another.|
The Venetian method demands total belief in the subject. The process is incredibly slow. The painting is on the easel for weeks to months. Everyday you go to the studio and it greets you with demands. You comply. Little by little, the scaled cartoon becomes a painting. With the transformation, the urge to hurry and finish disappears. You relax and just go about the job of reading values, mixing matches and correcting flaws. You are content in the doing. It's really quite a lovely feeling. I am enjoying it--enough to want to do another.
Piggyback would be a sweet painting, but Waiting At The Gate arouses my curiosity and offers painting challenges. I will be wondering the whole time I'm painting what these women were talking about--and if I wonder, so will viewers. While the painting would be a portrait, it would also tell a story. I also see this subject in color--the final layer of the Venetian method, in which color glazes are laid over the completed monochrome. This is the challenge; I've never worked with color glazes before. I think I've made a decision?