Monday, June 4, 2007

The Great Experiement


Some artists would never dare show you their failures. Well, I'm a firm believer that if we don't learn from our mistakes we're bound to repeat them. This thing was a mistake and here is what I've learned. I won't try to create a painting with nothing but glazes ever again!! However, there are parts of the painting (such as the background) that achieved a luminosity and depth of tone I hadn't previously achieved. I was able to get a graduation of values I hadn't gotten before. But, here's the rub. Once you build up those intense darks, you can't come away from it. If I tried to put white back into the work, the opaque spot would suddenly stand out like a birth mark on the Mona Lisa.
This thing was only a little 8X10 experiment. It served its purpose. I learned my lesson (the hard way) and now it can be retired. It is soon going into the experimental artwork graveyard. So, if anyone wants the pitiful thing send me a note. I'll probably give it to you in exchange for a bottle of very cheap wine.

1 comment:

Rudy said...

Nothing wrong with it as far as I can see. I have a lot of works in my graveyard... abandoned out of frustration. Sometimes, even years later, they get reworked and suddenly everything falls into place.