Oil on linen canvas 16" x 16"
This is a rework of the one a couple of posts ago which was feeling far too tight for me. I decided to go for a much more "broken" and "blue" Cezanne/Derain type approach. This means I have spent hours and hours on this painting so far, scrubbing it, sanding it, smudging it, dulling it and brightening it.
David Leffel says the intelligent artist "...sees the canvas as the reality, not the model. He does not paint what he sees, he paints the way he wants the canvas to look". This is an extremely profound and thought provoking notion for any painter. It means the artist has to have some idea about how he wants the thing to look both before and during the process of painting. I know that when I don't do that, I spend ages wallowing in what feels like mud and despair. Leffel's "concept" approach (see the book "Oil painting secrets from a master" put together by Linda Cateura) does not make the job easy but it provides us with a kind of "style" map although I am not suggesting we should stick to the same style for every piece we create, neither does it negate Chuck Close's statement that "All the best ideas come out of the work itself". You can have a map but what you get out of the journey is what you put into it.