I really struggled with this one, mainly because of my attitude. I need to take a few days off, look at some things that inspire me, rest. Then wait for the tide to come in again.
As you can see from the underpainting (below), the final image is very different from the original idea. Instead of the tree in the foreground I just left a single, small but sharp reflection to slow down the movement into space.The painting was already in a fairly finished state when I looked at it and the thought came into my head – “so what?”. Perhaps I was still influenced by my venture into abstract painting that I posted yesterday, but I wiped out the sky and tree in the foreground and reworked the painting into something more moody and abstract.
If you look carefully at the finished image, you will see some small bumps. This is because I glued the canvas over an old painting and did not first scrape and sand down the old image. Lesson learnt – I won’t do that again!
Below is a work in progress. I am not yet sure if I will stick with the canvas panels or go back to Gessoed panels (which I will sand down to remove any uneven patches from now on). The canvas accepts paint in a very different manner compared to direct painting on a panel. I need to experiment more. Maybe by #100 I will know enough to decide?
Thanks to all who have supported my blog. I hope you are happy and content.
It feels like I am entering dark waters, familiar territory. I need to return to the grove:
To Magistrate Zhang
Late, I love but quietness:
Things of this world are no more my concern
Looking back, I’ve known no better plan
Than this: returning to the grove
Pine breezes: loosen my robe
Mountain moon beams: play my lute.
What, you ask, is Final Truth?
The fisherman’s song, strikes deep into the bank.
Original Poem by Wang Wei (translated by J.P. Seaton in The Poetry of Zen, by J.P Seaton and Sam Hamill)