Saturday, June 29, 2013
new 145 Challenge painting
One strange thing I've noticed when painting -
The first time you paint something, it's fresh and new.
It's immediate and the first original impression of your subject.
You might think it's the best one you've done.
Because it's the first one. So you are actually right, in a way.
The second time you paint the subject, the results are bound to be different.
Sometimes you lose the freshness, the spark.
You just can't recapture the dynamics of your first painting.
And maybe you shouldn't try.
Sometimes, you do a much better job.
You've learned the angles and edges of your subject - how the light hits it, where the shadows are.
You look at your original painting and possibly you can see where you made small mistakes.
Maybe something no one would notice but you, the artist.
I paint on location and from photographs and when I use a photograph,
there comes a time when I put the photograph out of the way.
I don't want to see it anymore.
The painting always takes on a life of its own and it becomes an original.