Monday, August 16, 2010
I know that I produce more effectively if I have a deadline to meet. It can be a self imposed deadline or one set externally but either way, the clock is a prime motivator.
Today was cool and damp so I spent it in the studio drawing and sorting images for upcoming exhibition opportunities. I decided to give myself a little challenge and see what would come of it. I took a 12 x 24" gallery canvas, oil paint, a herring and a timer and gave myself an hour to produce something that I hoped would approximate a fish at the end.
This is the result.
I can fiddle something to death sometimes. You know how it is. You have a piece painted and you continue to add layers or change colours and before you know it, its something entirely different, and often not what matches the vision in your head.
Like a gut reaction that is often right, first strokes, done alla prima can often be the best.