Posts Tagged ‘Worms Eye View’

Eureka Springs Flat-Iron Building from the Extreme Ground Level

March 27, 2011

Worms-Eye View of Eureka Springs, Arkansas

Finally I return to the garage studio and get some quality painting time in.  I could not paint Thursday through Saturday due to high school and university teaching responsibilities, the hanging of a new show that finished last night, and attending a wonderful seven-hour symposium on F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Great Gatsby.  Today I was privileged to sleep until nearly noon (only 4 1/2 hours’ sleep the night before) and then enter to paint for a while this afternoon.

This watercolor is only 8 x 12″ and the detail is slowing me down, but that’s a good thing at this point.  I have been working on rather large compositions, and have tried to work on large splashy wet-on-wet surfaces, which have yielded their rewards.  But now it’s nice for me to focus on small, minute details, and today I was thinking of J. M. W. Turner’s early watercolor and pencil compositions, particularly the wonderful small piece he did of Tintern Abbey cathedral.  I also mused over some of Andrew Wyeth’s smaller pencil and drybrush renderings.  I like to go back and forth between the splashy and the tight.  I go down  a dozen avenues as I think of these contrasts–Apollo vs. Dionysus, drafting vs. painting, Neo-Classical vs. Romantic art, and on and on.  Frankly, I’ve always been on the tight side, many would say the “anal” side of the artistic enterprise.  Three of my college painting professors said I did colored drawings, and they called it right.

Anyway, all of this to say–today I have fed the Apollo side.  I’m a little drowsy now–the past three days of intensive work are still taking a toll on me.  I’m thinking seriously of an afternoon cat-nap, and–if I revive sufficienty–an evening of further work in the studio.  I would really like to listen to this muse before I have to return to school (ugh!) in the morning.

Thanks for reading.