This painting is based on the composition of an earlier still life shown in this post. I was not planning to simply make an oil version, my plan was to do something much more abstract, so my only reference was the thumbnail sketch.
In the end it turned out quite similar to the watercolour, except I do not have the skill yet in oil to achieve the rich background patina of the watercolour. The result is a painting that is – in my mind – a bit too flat and without interest, although I do like the overall colour scheme.
The vertical beam is just the underpainting wiped down and it really steps forward quite nicely. I think I will keep on plugging away at this theme. I really like this composition, and with a bit more skill I may one day reach my ideal version of this image!
I still have a lot of work to do, especially when it comes to mixing greys in oil. I spent most of today doing colour mixing exercises on paper canvas and to my surprised I really enjoyed doing this.
I keep dreaming of that room somewhere – objects frozen in time as the light changes, perhaps some December afternoon in 1972.
December Evening, ’72
Tomas Transtromer, trans. Robert Bly in The Half-Finished Heaven.
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