Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Thrill of the Grill

14x18 oil on linen

I often see stories about conservators using xrays and other technology to see what is under a masterpiece painting, and to learn about the artist's methods. I wonder if that will ever happen to my work? This canvas started as a cafe scene that just didn't make it. At some point, I used some of my palette scrapings to smear over that and lay down a nice grayish ground to paint this on. Its actually rather satisfying to use that palette mud to smear over a failed painting. It also creates a really nice, smooth, oil primed surface for a new painting.

This is still the same kitchen that has appeared in the other paintings. I got a lot of mileage out of dinner at Roaring Fork in Austin. Might be time to go back now. Valentine's day?

5 comments:

Studio at the Farm said...

You do have a way with catchy titles. Love this, Robin. You have those small spots of bright red dancing through the painting, and the eye just dances along with it! Wonderful!

suzanneberry said...

this is OUTSTANDINGLY BRILLIANT robin!! you never cease to amazing me.

Virginia Floyd said...

You made me chuckle about the xrays! I love painting on a re-used painting too. Something about that smooth surface. Feels good!

I love the atmosphere in this painting. It looks hot and steamy and busy. Great composition, too. Love the plates up front. Great job!

shirley fachilla said...

This is my favorite of the trio posted. I really like the expanded value range; it makes the monochromatic color scheme much more dramatic. I think painting-over was inspirational for you!

Katherine Thomas said...

These paintings are all so amazing. I would love to see a step-by-step of how you do them.

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