I’m working on a long-distance move and can’t fathom beginning anything of size—so I decided to keep painting, but in miniature size. (6″ x 6″) This is day two of a portrait work in progress.
I like working in oil—the inherent qualities of oil, the texture, the sheen, the way they capture color and hold the eye….but then, one must quit working at some point and let them dry before continuing…..I’m on a break..waiting for paint to dry.
Day two….well, that’s if you don’t count the two days I spent prepping the canvas.
I found this snapshot of terraced rice in the fog (that I saved until now)…one of those images that I just had to paint…and while I was painting it I was thinking of this geographical location – somewhere in China. China – I’ve been to Hong Kong, but never to this Yuanyang rice terrace in Yunnan Province. Not the point. I was thinking about relationships with China. They do make a lot of the stuff we consume….cheap. Then there’s the jobs thing, the political stuff, and they have Giant Pandas. We’d definitely be better off if we didn’t consume so much “stuff” from China. I just have to point out that the reason I kept this image in my mind (and my things to paint file) was the natural
juxtaposition of the fog against the clarity of the reflections in the flooded terraces, the brightness of the fog against the stark shadowing of the looming trees. Its kind of like how I relate to China.
I fall in love with paintings I’m working on. I’ve fallen hard for this one, which is a good thing because it will most likely only be done when I’m sick of it. Hasn’t happened yet…but one day it will.
or, when the artist, in this case me, has exhausted all the elements she intended to highlight in the image.
This bridge labeled the “Ocean – to – Ocean Highway” is limping along and I guess its the painter struggling with structures or perhaps its size (24″ x 36″) which is a lot of space to cover with paint….wet paint, that I keep putting my hand in. Argh. Sometimes I turn my work upside down and take a look. This one is a little unsettling….if an image could be reflected in the sky, is this what it would look like? Maybe.