Wednesday, March 09, 2011
Looking for perfection
I've got my fingers in several pies lately and am completing the last couple of pieces for my gyotaku project. Why is it that when you have a body of work, there is always a need to replace pieces with others you feel are better? I line them up and look at them, then take one or two out and mentally make a note to redo a print or two and try that instead in the frame.
Its a built in process for making myself crazy, but I can't help doing it. Thank heavens I'm not a baker or the house would be full of cakes, pies, and biscuits as I strive for perfection. Its that same little voice in my head that helps me screw up paintings too. You know, its the "I'll just add another layer." or "I'll repaint that tiny section." Then before you know it, you've got another piece for the never never shelf.
One of these last pieces is of brook trout. Despite the sedate print in pthalo blue, I wanted to hint at the colour of the actual fish and put down layers of watercolour, letting the bleed together in sections with the background. Each print that I produce, even if its from the same fish, is entirely different and the end result is something beyond my control. At the risk of sounding crazy, the fish and the paper tell me what to do.
Now I must finish this conversation with a brookie...