Tuesday, April 21, 2009


Aaaaaaah! I cry in anger. I have to say that a transformation has taken place in me over the past few months. I've had unprecedented emotional highs, lows, and crises and a gradual if stochastic gaining of confidence and positivity; a definite change in attitude. The few regular readers here might have noticed this! One very recent change is in the way I cope with negativity. In that past I would mope, analyse and accept it, but in the past two weeks I've got angry. Angry for the first time in decades and that's what happened tonight with Urban Escape.

One of the great joy with oil painting is that you have the freedom to change things. You can paint over things, move around when wet or wait for it to dry, or wipe off however much you want and start again if needed. So I did just that and this evening got out my cotton buds and cloths and wiped off all of today's work and a good deal of the previous layer too. I will repaint the underpainting and, because my new motto is to share every experience, I will show the process here. The first picture shows the result that was too dark. The green looks very intense there; it was but that was within tolerance levels. The second picture shows the layer beneath.


John Salmon said...

I share your feelings on this Mark. With watercolour, unfortunately, I have to make the most of these sort of things. Just recently only one in three paintings have been worthwhile and my bin is filling up. Luckily I don't invest as much time and dare I say, thought as you do but I have become a dab hand at turning some disasters to work in my favour. What starts out as a brook may end up as a pathway and what was a tree may become a mountain. Once the anger subsides and you look with fresh eyes, you may see opportunities for further developments which will enhance the painting. I find paintings have a life of their own and they push you to do what they want. After all, we are only there to apply the paint with an initial idea then they take over and dictate their own terms. See what the morning brings.

Mark Sheeky said...

One in three. I'm glad I'm not alone. At least in oils I have the luxury of painting over completely and/or rubbing out too. I've painted another layer on those buildings but I'm not that happy with them either, but they don't stand out like a sore thumb like before.