This has been a crazy busy period in my life, which I’m thankful for, but if anyone ever says to me, “oh you, artists have the good life, you just paint stuff and do whatever, la lalalala” I will open up a big easypour can of WWF Smackdown on his head with a folding chair until the stars come out. I haven’t had a proper day off since the internet. And in the middle of this busy stuff is another paint out, the Winter Park Paint out centered at the Polasek Museum here in Florida. Unfortunately, I only was able to produce two paintings in between other gigs, but this one (above) was mildly interesting, at least in the way it developed. I started the sketch in after finishing up another 12×16 in the evening 2 days ago. It was an unremarkable composition, stiff, awkward spaces, the canvas was quartered off in thirds, if that’s possible, and it was boring. I went back yesterday to revisit and just said WTF what’s the worse thing that could happen here and proceeded to wipe out with turp and a rag and change structures, move lines, change weights and measures, etc. I didn’t take a pic of the block in because I had forgotten the camera. But take my word for it. It sucked.
One of the things about painting a sunset is that it doesn’t last long. A 12×16 takes me about 2 1/2 hours or so depending, but I had been there the two evenings prior and had pretty much the same cloudless evening all three days… I could sort of guess at what was coming. I think the thing that saved me was taking a moment and figuring out what I wanted to accomplish with this painting, what it was about. This was an exploration into division of space and backlit stuff and how pure light affects the things directly in front of it. I remembered that the last two evenings the reflected light on the water just blew out the darks in the trees and I wanted to see if I could get that same glow. The other event from prior days was the crew team from Rollins going back and forth. There’s always a coach telling them what to do and how to do it but really how many subtleties are there in rowing a boat? Anyway, they didn’t show last night so I had to put them in from memory, but I think they helped a good bit to break up the uprights and give the thing a story.