06/13/2005: "Creating sparks..."
Moment in time #1: This is going to take a lot longer than I’d hoped but I can probably pull it off…painting is hard.
Moment in time #2: This is too easy; everything works perfectly first try…looks great and am feeling thrilled and super smug with self. Will finish everything and sell a lot of these. Hurah!
Moment in time #3: Oops, well that sucks…wait, if I can just make this line a little more…no, that just made it worse…well, I can scrub this section out and just, oh crap, wait, some red might…NO!... ah hell! I am miscreant, talentless hack.
Moment in time #4: ????
This cycle tends to repeat and repeat for me… (See a previous post called How to ruin a painting in 5 minutes or less). The carnage this time was considerably less than usual because after I royally F#$@-up the first piece, I followed my own advice and decided to only work on new paintings, so I wouldn’t risk completely destroying paintings that are already far along.
On Sunday I saw an exhibit by someone not afraid to break out of the show we call theme. I’ve decided that I’m going to try and do maybe 4 new paintings, very small on panel. I’m going to paint anything that comes in my mind no matter if it “works” with the other pieces or not. Themes be damned I say!
I see a melancholic looking woman with her head down in ¾ pose at night with the lights from a carnival behind her and a Ferris wheel that looks like a halo…Name it “Madonna of the Ferris Wheel” after all those “Madonna Enthroned with Child” paintings from the Renaissance.
But first, down to the dreaded 1977 2-stroke Johnson 7.7HP albatross with my friend DeLynn to see if it’s something we can repair or if we need to remove it from the transom and haul into the ship chandler’s where it will languish away for the better part of the summer.
I'm thinking one of my small paintings will be of my used and dirty spark-plugs...a kind of autobiographical piece.