With 5 days till the show opens, I’m thinking about obliterating this one….   The Bird in the bush is singing a beautiful song of possibility.

Twist, Stick or Burn

Twist, Stick or Burn

Well I did it –  I think it was worth while because I really wasn’t that happy with the bonfire –  As I said before its not easy to paint something as live and constantly moving as fire.  So here is my final effort:  I think its achieved a much greater sense of shimmering heat.  You need to see it for real to appreciate this though – The paint is a lot thicker now, had some fun dragging it across the canvas with a long straight edge, and I had to end up mainly on the pallet knife which gives it a good variety of marks

Blaze

Blaze

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2 thoughts on “Twist or Stick?

  1. a brother

    I like Clearing Day, Clearing Night, Unconformity by Day and Unconformity by night
    Basically the ones which are simpler. If you stopped painting about a quarter of the way through your normal progress, thats when I think they’re best!
    xd

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    1. jim Post author

      Thats what this is all about – when is the best moment to stop. I think they can always be improved, though I often find myself tinkering around the edges a bit more tentatively as I get nearer the point of finish. This can be a good way to progress because a single mark can upset the balance and change everything, but often this careful approach can erode the energy of those earlier ‘in the zone’ marks. There has been many a time when I wished I could rewind a painting…

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