The upclose of first marks on a canvas can be kind of exciting.  When everything is possible still…

[Top of the post:  detail of a Koi picture (see Anne Sophie Mutter and her Opposite) by Aletha Kuschan]


4 thoughts on “Fuzzy details

  1. So true..and I find the individual brush strokes just as exciting as the completed work. In my work sometimes they are more exciting than the finished piece. 🙂

    Good and creative energies to you!

  2. Thanks for your comment. Sometimes accidental effects can seem more interesting than the gestures that were intended. But I don’t think one should ever be afraid to go forward with the image, since the same process through which one creates the effect is still taking place as the work advances.
    For a very insightful analysis of the dynamic between accidental and intentional gestures I recommend reading the essays of “The Art of Richard Diebenkorn,” general editor Jane Livingston, Berkeley, Whitney Mus NYC & U Cal Press, 1997.
    Good energies to you also, Aletha

  3. I really like this painting 🙂

    I especially like the contrast and subtlety of shades and texture. I see a face with closed eyes and hair created by the movement of the fish tail. The tail itself is interesting – it looks like a reverse mermaid. Instead of human upper body and fish tail, as you would see in a mermaid, we see a fish with human upper body as a tail.

  4. I’m glad you like it, though of course you are liking a detail from the beginning, the lay in. I’ll be working on it and it will be fun to see how it fares as it goes along.

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