Once at a museum, I watched visitors looking at an abstract painting. They turned their heads left right, then tried to look at the painting upside down. Abstract art is like that- I know there was a huge debate after Morris Louis died, in displaying his work, which side was the top. The below painting seems obvious, but I rotated the image and you know what? I like it in any direction! “Mary Jane” 11 x 14, Oil on heavy paper.
I had a great teacher, Maria, who told us sometimes when things aren’t working out, turn the painting to the wall and do something else. Sometimes that’s the best thing you can do. I parked this one for over a year:
There was something about it, muddy, blah, not very interesting,
A few days ago I tried a few things- brightened the sky, warmed up the grey in the skintones, added detail and highlights and a little work on the background, and got this:
Much happier with this one! I used Gamblin Torrit Grey, Chromatic black and titanium white. Oil on canvas, 16 x 20″.
This painting was sold last week- to a collector near Osaka Japan! Arigato Gozimasu!
I had this great advice from one of my teachers- if it is not working out in paint, try sculpting it. If It doesn’t work out there, draw. If you aren’t getting any good drawings, read. So I took a break and got out the pencils and Copics and came up with these. No masterpieces, but at the end of the day I was surrounded with smiling faces!
Rembrandt soft pastels..nice!