Tuesday, June 15, 2010
Between the relative ideas of rough and smooth, I would say my surfaces tend more towards the rough, but only if you compared them with a highly varnished panel. (A Dutch still life comes to mind.) With regards to the image, most people would still see the image as smooth, thinking of the roundness of the form, even when looking at at painting with a lot of impasto, and general crusty paint. (Monet's haystacks, as an example.) I tend to let surfaces mostly dry and allow opaque layers to show one over another over many sessions. This latest layer had a lot of direct painting into a wet surface and it felt uncharacteristically smooth. (Previous layers.) With this series, I am really trying to keep the surfaces as thin for the very practical idea of getting them to Poland.