October 7, 2010

Quatorze


Acrylic on Panel - 9 x 12 inches - NFS

I'm not entirely sure I painted this one myself. I had a little free time after warming up on another piece, so I thought I'd sketch this one in rather quickly.

It started off terribly. The board was too slick and the paint wouldn't stick, I couldn't get a real dark mix together, and I really should have done a dark base tone to knock things back from the get-go.

For some reason, I just kept plodding along, thinking to myself "This is just a rough start. I can fix all of this tomorrow." I kept dancing around the panel, slapping color into one area, and then darkening another etc. And as an hour flew by, I discovered it was almost done. I was kinda shocked. Everything just fell into place and still managed to stay nice and loose.

There is definitely something to turning off one of your lobes, or just ignoring the parts of the brain that think they know what they're doing versus the parts that actually know. Wish I could do this more often. It does remind me of why I was so attracted to painting in the first place.



8 comments:

Carol Horzempa said...

Wow Gringo, you must have been doing something right! I love this one; the reds are so rich, and there's lot of mystery in this painting.

Chartan said...

awesome!

rick said...

I love this one, man!

Jessica said...

Hi, you don't know who I am, but I found your blog by accident and I absolutely fell in love with your work just now. I especially like this one, I think the tones you used are just magical. You have a show in SF? I should go find it.

Anne C M Campbell said...

I found your blog through the Virtual Paintout and what a delight to land on this work. It's fantastic - the sense of place and textures is marvellous! I'm glad you kept going on this one.

Robolord said...

killer

carolyn cobb art said...

the virtual paintout group led me to your blog and I love this piece. I know what you mean about this
brain knows best thing.

A.Decker said...

Yeah. Just yeah! To the painting and what you said about it. Way to go.