Thursday, April 12, 2012
After my flurry of palette knife paintings, I've gone back to a more sedate pace. At least for now.
Watching the fire burn in the woodstove the other night, I wondered about painting flames. Like water, there are very subtle shifts of light and values, always moving, always leaving me to sear memories of colour and light onto my brain and pull out later in a painting.
Like a firestarter, I lit match after match in the studio til the place smelled like hell fire's sulphur, watching the movement of the flame and the process of burning. I need more practice and ability with the camera to photograph a match in the process of lighting to catch the quick flare of the initial burn and curl of smoke as it burns itself out. Practice and a good clamp with a flat base to avoid burned fingers.
This is a tiny gallery canvas just 4" x 4" and the painting is in oil. It is available for purchase on Daily Paintworks.