Friday, January 21, 2011

Chance Meeting


16x20 oil on linen

Gallery info to come.

Earlier in the week, I shared some sketches and the beginning of this scene in oil paint and here is the final piece. A lot happened in between that beginning and this end. I heard a really interesting remark from an artist who was on the
Independent Lens program about origami - I can't remember it exactly but the gist was: "You try to strive for the final thing being good, but you're also aware of how beautiful the process is...people in a gallery viewing the object are missing like 2/3rds of what's special about it and how it got made..."
I liked that. Its very true. And perhaps that is why when I finish something, I feel it could be better and can't wait to move onto another painting to try again. Sometimes I wonder if its not more about making the marks on the canvas, than the actual picture they create.
Anyway, I highly recommend you watch that show (Between the Folds) online, or on your local PBS station if its airing.

8 comments:

LindaHunt said...

Beautiful painting...I love the quote.

Studio at the Farm said...

I find it's definitely much more about the creation rather than the completion.

Blasquez Fine Art said...

Thanks for posting the WHOLE process, from sketching to paint study. It IS worth the effort isn't it? Love this scene, reminds me of good smells....

Kay said...

that was an inspiring show..I am a beginner paper folder..my specialty are cranes and turtles..not sure if it will ever progress..certainly not to the level of the artists in that documentary! I am actually more interested in learning to make the paper.
I remember that comment too and it resonated with me. I love the processes of art. I especially loved printmaking because of the processes. I am more interested sometimes in the making of a painting than the final product.
I love this painting of yours..such a great mood you created.

Cheri Wollenberg said...

I agree with you. The process is the blessing that we ,as artists, are privileged to have in the experience. And, I think that this is why in some ways we "bond" with every last one of those creations which makes giving them up (even for a price) sometimes most difficult! Cheri

John Fraissinet said...

I like that you obscured the faces of both of your subjects. It draws you in and suggests what is happening while allowing your mind to fill in the blanks.

Marian Fortunati said...

Thanks for the tip...

You are an amazing painter!!

Deb Kirkeeide said...

Beautiful work! I haven't explored your work for quite some time and really enjoyed exploring here again. I love the growth and direction your work has taken. Wonderful!

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