Have you every had that feeling where you know you have made a mess of something and there is nothing you can do but start over again? My painting of HENDERSON HILL has come out of such an experience.
The beginning started reasonably well. I had decided to do my underpainting in blues so I could paint on it wet.
The elements of the composition settled into place without much trouble.
I continued to paint, working happily away until…
It was a mess. I poked and dabbed and added and moved the paint around on the board. It did no good. The painting appeared to be resisting my best efforts. There was nothing left to do. I scraped.
But the idea for this painting still intrigued me. I waited. This past Saturday, ten days after my first attempt, I try again. It needs some finishing touches but I believe it will make a painting.
Yesterday, I finished it.
(prints available of this image here)
HENDERSON HILL 20 X 16 inch original water miscible impressionist oil painting on gessobord with 2 inch birch cradle by Terrill Welch.
This painting will be part of my upcoming solo exhibition “STUDY OF BLUE” opening June 30, 2011 at the Oceanwood Resort onMayneIsland. The painting is currently priced at $900 Canadian. Please contact me directly at tawelch AT shaw DOT ca if you would like to hang this lovely on your wall.
Sprout question: When was the last time you walked away from a creative mess?
UPDATE May 15, 2011:
Every once in awhile a special connection is made between a painting and another creative being. In this case it is with poet and more, Bat-Ami Gordin
On Henderson Hill any time of the year the branches arabesque in the breeze. Birds boldly appear, on the tips of twigs that smear into clouds from the trees. As a doe grazes calmly with her twins, the heavens and sky, seem to freeze. Prepare your mind to paint serenity; equanimity pacifies enduring unease.
© 2011 Bat-Ami Gordin, All rights reserved.
Posted with permission. You may have notice her poem posted in the comments below but I decided it needed to also be places up here next to the painting. Thank you so much Bat-Ami Gordin! It is an honour to connect in such a collaborative way.
This week is jammed! There is voting on Monday and going to pick up the truck. Dentist appointments on Tuesday and a full day of meetings and commitments on Wednesday. I shall be able to get back into the studio on Thursday IF I am lucky. Who knows what I will have to share on Friday. We shall just have to wait and see. Have a wonderful week everyone.
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