Sunday. Some time to paint but caught without prepared canvas panels. I did find this one small gesso’d panel and decided to just do an acrylic version of the charcoal and chalk sketch shown below.
I am quite happy with the result and think I will try my hand at a few more acrylics again. The white gesso is quite rough and clearly shows in places, but it seems to give the painting a bit of pop and energy. I am also quite fond of this composition and this afternoon I made a charcoal and pastel version which I hope to post soon.
This morning I read an interesting interview with the artist Ying Li on Painting Perceptions. I was quite inspired by her life story and also to see how she moved from realism to very abstract painting. The following quote in particular resonated with me:
Sometimes I stay in more representational manner because I feel I really got the character or something right there. Or the painting just works. However most times I don’t trust that feeling, I try to get past that point and dig harder into the painting, to find what it is really about. At a certain point the painting gets muddy and flat and I hit a wall. It bounces back instead of going deeper. Sometimes I find I am just repeating my own paintings. I have to paint through those moments, and look harder, I find the solution is always out there, the looking part leads to the clue.
Ying Li – from the her interview on Painting Perceptions.
I have always loved the following poem – the haunting sense of someone leaving at dawn without notice:
On this frosty day, clouds and mist congeal, On the mountain moon, the icy chill glows. At night I receive a letter from my home, At dawn I leave without anyone knowing. The Nun "Fahai", quoted in Grant, Beata. Daughters of Emptiness: Poems of Chinese Buddhist Nuns (p. 47). Wisdom Publications. Kindle Edition.
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