Sunday, January 14, 2007

Rusted Tool



Rusted Tool
Oil on gessoed board
300x200mm untrimmed
Approx 250x200 trimmed
January 12, 07
I've always been fascinated by old and rusty things. I'm not even sure what this is... some kind of spanner I suppose. It has been sitting in my studio for a while now waiting to be painted. Sometimes things will sit there for months or even years before I feel the time is right to paint them. Even after they have been painted, I tend to leave them around for quite some time. The cherries I painted in December are still on the windowsill shrivelling in the sun.
Even before I started painting this one I realised that the board was really the wrong dimensions for what I wanted, however I went ahead and painted with the thought of cropping it later. The photo below is the original uncropped version. It has far too much redundant space around it I feel. Sometimes less is more.

5 comments:

  1. very nice blog!If you like pretty girls, visit my blog, you have a lot of beautiful girls we havemany friends in exchange

    ReplyDelete
  2. Of course I like pretty girls. I'm glad you like my rusty tool. Thankyou for your quick response to my post - the bots are getting faster....

    ReplyDelete
  3. I like this one a lot Paul. I'm into rusty old things too. You did a great job of capturing the tonal subtleties of the rusty surface and the cast shadow is sublime as usual.
    Thanks for the thoughtful comments regarding the cut tomato and the cantaloupe on my blog.

    ReplyDelete
  4. Thanks Craig. I used mars violet and mars brown and caput mortuum for the rust. Love those pigments!

    ReplyDelete
  5. I've just received an email from a friend suggesting that this is probably a tailgate latch off a trailer. You learn something new everyday!

    ReplyDelete