Tuesday, March 16, 2010
A Little Impasto Never Hurts
Here is the progression of my cable car painting that will be an acrylic workshop next month. I always start ALL of my paintings by blocking in color shapes and values or as nationally-known oil painter Kevin MacPhearson coins it: Valhues. Absolutely no refined detail here, only simple color/value shapes. Early on, after some blocking in, I decided that the tree "sucked". If you ever get to a "suck" stage in your painting progression, you can cry, swear, or poke a big hole in your canvas...or...maybe there might be a solution. Mine was to simplify. Sometimes going up a very steep San Francisco hill, all you see is sky. After I got in as much detail and refinement as I wanted, I completed the painting by laying in some gestural, impasto strokes of paint... this is more fun than a barrel of flats, filberts, and brights combined (I paint mostly with flats)! "Impasto in the defense of an exciting painting is no vice." You may quote me on this semi- paraphrase of Barry Goldwater's acceptance speech as a presidential candidate a million years ago: "Extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice". Sorry, I'm somewhat of a history buff.