the painting and its antecedents

studio on june 20 painting with background

There’s always some archaeology going on in the studio.  Recently when I removed the yellow cloths to reveal the blue cloth with flowers (because the blue cloth had been behind the yellow one) it reexposed it to the painting that it inspired.

So it happens that for the time being, the little painting “Love, Desire, Striving” hangs directly above the background that it portrays.  And I only just noticed yesterday.

Ah, ever the alert artist ….

two flowers

two flowers

This is my crazy little practice painting.  I just pile up paint on it.  Measuring 8 x 10, it’s already gone through a second swipe and there’ll be a third, maybe a fourth, maybe more.

Last session I painted in very low light using a limited palette of teal, orange, brilliant yellow, primary magenta, thalo blue, and white.  I couldn’t see the colors properly, which was interesting, plus there’s a blue curtain over one window that creates pale bluish light in the morning.

So it was interesting.  I love to play around with color — with the colors on the canvas and with my own color perception.

and another one

pond with lilies oil pastel drawing

So when I painted the pond in oil the first time, I also made a drawing in oil pastel.  I am really in Degas territory with this one:  “il faut refaire la même chose dix fois, cent fois” – you must redo the same thing ten times, a hundred times.”

I must really like this motif.

earlier pond

pond with lilies in oil

I had painted the pond before.   Not sure when this was — long enough ago that I had forgotten it.  Turns out it’s the same size as the one I’m painting now: it also measures 20 x 24.  The only difference is that it’s an oil painting.

When the acrylic paintings are finished, I’m going back to this one to do some more work.

I had rehearsed this motif more than I knew.  And it’s pleasing to see how close together the two paintings are to each other in overall forms and textures.