Monday, September 15, 2008
Adventures in oil painting
I'm continuing to explore oil painting and try my version of more traditional styles. I am not that unhappy with the results but I know that I have a long ways to go before I really know what I'm doing. I like working with figures and I have a loose conception of doing a series around my photos of restaurants and Chinatown. I've already done a couple of pieces but I'm constantly amazed at how long each one takes. The longer I paint, the slower I get and the more revisions each piece goes through. I remember back when I was working when I would "turn out" a piece a week. Now I look at those pieces -mostly abstract - and realize that I was just flinging paint on canvas, using painting as a way to keep from going postal in a very difficult job. Now, I still fling paint but I also stroke, dab, smear, scrumble and in between, do a lot of swearing.