Saturday, July 21, 2007

Quick Big Apple

Quick Big Apple
Oil on paper

One of the reasons I started this project was an attempt to get away from my obsessive dendency to overwork paintings. It seems to be quite a stumbling block for most artists. There are no hard and fast rules and no right or wrong answers. It's one of those thorny problems that actually gets more prickly the more skillfull you get. I've heard it said that skill is the enemy of art. The more skillfull and sophisticated your craft, the further you can potentially take a painting. The further you take a painting the more risk you have of loosing that initial vision. I'm sure that I will no doubt wrestle with this conundrum for the rest of my life! So with this painting, I just decided to paint it as quickly as I could and without thinking too much. I put on a music cd and told myself that I had to stop painting when the cd was finished. I cheated by about five minutes..! It's not a particularly good painting but it was an interesting excersise non-the-less.


  1. Anonymous7:18 AM

    i think it looks just fine and you still managed to capture the light, always enjoy looking at your blog. Keep it going.

  2. i think the best, the very best paintings, are the ones that stopped before the cd:)

  3. I love this beat the clock idea!
    And I realize I challenge myself many mornings when I only have X amount of time before posting to do a painting. The fast ones are some of the best and I'm only half awake. Later on I have no idea how I did what I did!?