is there a way through this?

So this is the finished oil painting.  Finished in the sense I don’t propose to work more on it.  The series leading to this is below in chronological order, starting with the charcoal sketch, which was then transferred to the canvas.

Part of the challenge here was simply experimenting with mixing paint and applying it to the canvas.

So this is the point I should have stepped back and been careful to retain the structure of the foreground from the original sketch.

So it was with this iteration I lost the structure in the lower right quadrant, obscuring this with vegetation rising from the bottom of the canvas.  Part of the challenge was my clumsiness with using the brush to apply a clean stroke of paint

This version had been digitally altered to variegate depth of tone, as an exploration of how to proceed, leading to the final version.

So there were various bits I like along the journey but the final painting does not pull them together.  Time to stop.  More sketching needed with an eye to the subsequent painting.








17 responses to “is there a way through this?

  1. It does look like a portal. I think the darkness of the foreground adds to that effect. Reminds me of the brambles that grew up around Sleeping Beauty. It’s not easy to find your way through. (K)

    • You are spot on Kerfe. Somehow I found I’d painted a portal. Is there a way through this? This is the back of the wardrobe, the wormhole in space, the alien artefact the offers instantaneous transmission across the galaxy, the opening pages of the book, the cheap seats with popcorn.
      I’d not seen the vegetation as a spiny barrier but now I can’t unsee it.
      However, Neil Gaiman’s the Sleeper and the Spindle was dramatised on BBC Sounds and I had listened last weekend. Heroes foolishly try to reach the princess but are rent asunder by the thorns.

      • Its interesting where our art takes us sometimes. I’ve noticed also that things I read or listen to find their way into my work. Our subconscious mind is always busy!

    • It’s like the old joke “waiter: how did you find your steak? diner: I lifted a chip and there it was”. I wasn’t sure what you meant at first. But generally nice to work with but my brush skills need improvement. So even working thick it should be possible to apply clean strikes, but I can’t. I think I’m overloading the brush so trying to use knife to mix and take paint just on the tip. But generally really nice to work with. Somehow better than acrylics. I like the slow drying, the sense of doing slow art. So the other challenge is composition and self discipline, not overloading the canvas, and working methodically – so that’s about having a plan, at least while I am discovering the medium, like practising scales when learning to play music.

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