oh dear Lord, the vodka is gone….
The light improved today so I re-photographed Newspeak, 2017 and it appears much more like the original.
I was thinking about this piece the other day in the context of using acrylic as a medium…and then I thought about how I use oils. I think it might be time to play with some acrylics. Something about throwing caution to the wind because I feel that oils can be very limiting.
Despite all my self-imposed drama, I returned to the studio (ultimately happy that I resisted painting that big red X on my first painting of the year)….and here is the completed piece – Newspeak, the latest addition to my new series 404 Page Not Found. I’ve dubbed the series so because I think my audience might think it amusing…. going on an adventure looking for answers that no longer exist (or were removed or corrupted) in a place uncertain and equally ethereal, once consisting of an orderly combination of zero’s and one’s. Literally lost in the clouds. Newspeak, the title, goes to the content of the piece in its entirety and whether we’ve seen the last of original thinking and the freedom to go beyond accepted rhetoric to the truth of the matter. The word, newspeak, is not of my own making but borrowed from the pages of 1984, the book that accurately predicted Big Brother.
Yesterday I was working on my current piece, walked away, came back and decided that this was the day I ruined my painting. I wanted to paint a big red x across the surface using a 5 inch brush and toss it in the corner. I didn’t even go into the studio today. I’m trying not to overwork this piece – as I have a tendency to do….but I am reminded of a quote by some famous master painter to the effect that artist should have at his side a man with a club to tell him when the painting is done.
Still a work in progress….I will say, however, that what remains is purely rendering…the composition is complete. I suppose part of it will read differently when the heads are fully developed and the light becomes more directional.