Sunday, December 7, 2008
After I posted my last sketch, I was looking at the blog page and as I scrolled down, the top of the painting got cropped by the browser's edge. And wouldn't you know it, I saw an unexpected composition that for some reason really appealed to me. I went back to the easel and rather than chop a part of the last painting, I did another painting. Sligtly bigger in scale, and formatted to suit. And I like it!
Actually, this kind of accidental compositions happen quite often when I'm doing stuff on the computer,(trying to fit an image in a banner, for example) and I've benefited by keeping my eyes open for them. I've done countless revisions of paintings based on this...method, if I can call it that, and the unexpected nature of it keeps things really fresh. It's a "discovered" composition, rather than a "built" one, and I love that it gives me new ideas outside of my compositional box, as it were.
I didn't fuss too much about matching the colors of the previous sketch - that wasn't important. But having done the painting once, it was a lot easier to achieve the looser look. In fact it almost felt intuitive.
Now that I am looking at it digitally on the screen I am seeing more possibilities. This could take a while...
Posted by Terry at 2:51 PM