Paint Out Loud...the story behind the art
Even I am fascinated when I look back at the beginning of a painting and then forward to the finished piece. Often I feel "How did that happen?" sometimes it is "HOW did that happen?" - you see the difference? There are times when I am dismayed.
One of the reasons I love oil paint is that it smears so well, it makes great texture, and it will cover up what I don't like . If you have read my "About" you know that I try to proceed with as little thinking as possible. You could make lots of jokes about that, but it is harder than it sounds. I want to guide the paint gently, but I want it to take its own path and time to get there. So much happens along the way that makes the painting beautiful. If I have been controlling it, those beautiful areas would not be there.
I started this painting on a large canvas - 30 x 40, turned vertically, which seems to be my preference. I had a photo to start with and I laid in loose areas and lines with wild colors in acrylic. Then I put the photo away and had fun.
Often I am not sure what colors will be used. Maybe I have thought I want to use red. And I'll start with red, but possibly the other colors I pull out don't look good with it, so then everything changes. Maybe the red will have to go.
Below is my progress on my painting, "Evening Lit", Oil on Canvas, 30 x 40. Click here for information.