One of the weirdest, or rather, most annoying things about being a painter, is how unpredictable the timeline is for completing a painting. It could be a few hours, a few weeks, and sometimes a few years before I feel a piece is finished. Today's post is about the later, referring to my painting titled "Melancholy".
It's probably easy to tell, but just in case - the inspiration for this piece came from a not-so-happy time. If you've ever had a not-so-happy time you may relate to the pose this lady is taking, a sort of slump into nothingness position where the fogginess coming out of her head is visible all around her.
I remember after getting to this second phase in the painting, realizing I had ruined it. The softness was gone, she looked more like she was about to drown than anything else. Her hair looked stupid. The fog had turned into faded yucky mush and I hated it. So I did what any rational painter would do. I hung it in my laundry room for about a year.
Then a couple weeks ago when I was getting ready to show my work at Mott Gallery, I remembered that it existed. During a spastic string of days where inspiration lovingly smacked me in the face multiple times - I completed the painting. The messy layering I had done before created the perfect surface for the smoky fog to come back, this time looking more dense. I brought the chair back in focus, and made a couple other minor changes that tied the painting together, making each mistake worth it!
I have to say...it feels soooooooooooooo good to be done! In the above photo the painting is slightly cropped - "Melancholy" 's true size is 30 x 40", created using graphite + ink on canvas. If you are interested in purchasing this piece, please fill out the form below! :)
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