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Monday, December 20, 2010

Choose Two


Qiang promised me that my "personal style" is already deep inside of me, that layer by layer I will work to uncover it.  With all due respect Qiang, this is a layer and I am certain it is not "me."  He does the most beautiful still lifes in direct application of oil paint.  I started this piece utilizing his method but I did not finish it that way.  It took several more sessions and a lot of glazing before I got anywhere close to being satisfied with the end result.  And while there is one more I shall share about his method later, I am closer to thinking that his style of painting is not my style.  I am finding that I actually enjoy the "push and pull" of dragging out the methodology so that (as a former teacher preaches) one can "let the magic happen."  Maybe someday I will be able to whip it out with the first application of the perfectly mixed color but until then I will continue to know that it won't be done right away.  And, as this still life was a group project and I did not choose the contents of it, I find that I am less committed to the end result.  When the objects have personal meaning I tend to get more excited about it.  Excuses, I know, but far better than the age old "dog ate my homework." 

Back to the easel.....
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