Red Awning, 12 x 12 inches, oil on linen
You may remember a recent post of the Flatiron in San Francisco. In talking about that painting, I mentioned that I liked the bottom half of it by itself. And here it is. Obviously, the focus changes (for one thing, the funky dome thing isn't even in the picture!) and it becomes an entirely different painting. (as opposed to a variation) I like this one a lot. Particularly, I like the loose treatment of the various elements; something I struggled with in the earlier piece.
The idea is to make it look like I just slapped down the paint and it made the right color, value and shape each time I put the brush to the canvas. The truth is, more thought and care goes into these strokes than into a more representational painting. In other words, making an abstract mark takes more thought and care than making a realistic note. For me, anyway. Some guys (and gals) make it look effortless, and watching them paint it really looks like they're just slinging paint onto canvas. I wish I could do that but I have two left brains and painting "intuitively" seems like a completely foreign concept to me.