Wednesday, June 4, 2008

"Zelma with Greens"

Zelma with Greens
6”x 6”
Acrylic on Masonite
Sometimes I can’t wait to begin a painting because I know exactly what it will look like in the end. I know all the tricks I’ll use to get the painting where I want it to be, a recipe so to speak. I was pleased to see this image transform into something that it hadn't started out to be and that I hadn't relied completely on what I know as a painter.
I often tell my students when they are choosing reference material, “Don’t assume the simple picture will be the easiest to paint.” My words echoed through my head for hours as I painted and repainted parts of this painting. In the end, I am happy with the results.

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