Monday, October 25, 2010
The companion apple to Lone Apple 1 . . . which, I guess
keeps them from being "lone." Digging them out this past week
and framing them made me stop and consider how I best like
to work. Both were done with an underpainting that wasn't just
a value study . . . one-color value first, then dark areas of color
and the complement of whatever the final background was going
to be. I let that first layer dry before tackling the finish of the painting.
There's a dried chromium oxide green layer under those red strokes
in the background. I could not have painted a red over chromium oxide
green and have it retain its red-integrity and have it recede.
I've also loved learning the immediacy of alla prima.
So I'll work both ways. As a former printmaker, I relied on surprise:
working in a mirror image, not knowing how it would translate backwards
on paper, how a quantity of ink would squish and what I might do with it next.
I had given up on oils years ago because of the predictability of what
my hand would do in front of my eyes in any given moment. The process
excited me more than having me be the author. Carol Marine quoted an
Irish artist in a recent commentary where she said, "instead of asking how
do I do that?, ask what will happen if I try this?" In retrospect, I must have
wanted to give up control. Tonight, I'm thinking that kind of limbo is close
to who I am.
Posted by Lorraine Shirkus at 9:55 PM