Posts tagged woman with dog
Studio Notes: Day 3
 
  • Painting with less thoughts; purging judgements, tastes, plans and concepts

  • Painting with impressions—just impressions

  • Painting as pure aesthetic: impression, phenomena, sub-phenomena, sub-thinking

Today I draw a face—a man’s face with feathers and plants coming from the mouth. It looks like a Renaissance sculpture.

Eventually this face looks more like a Byzantine Madonna icon, the yellow ocre background resembling gold leaf. It grows to my distaste, wavering between a goth/hipster teenager. I leave it alone, facing the wall.

 
 
“Goth” Teen Painting, which I dislike…

“Goth” Teen Painting, which I dislike…

 
 

I decide larger-scale work, on canvas, heavily drawn, is calling me. I draw a panoramic “Miami Beach” scene with 3 figures, so far to my satisfaction.

 
 
“Miami Beach” sketch

“Miami Beach” sketch

 
 

I am still happy with my “Woman with Dog” from yesterday.

 
 
“Woman with Dog”

“Woman with Dog”

 
Studio Notes: Day 2
 

Something interesting today. I come to the studio feeling exhilarated. I tack up a piece of unstretched canvas on the wall and start to work with the nonsensical (to me, anyway) phrase in mind, “drawing without seeing”. I paint a woman holding a dog. She has an archaic smile; she is strange and normal all at once.

I can’t read or interpret this painting—can’t tell if it’s a fetish, a catharsis, or if it’s a prophecy.

I take the color palette from a Max Beckmann painting of a woman playing the guitar (“Vaudeville Act” at the Met). I research and learn that Beckmann did not like interpreting his art, at least vocally. He was remembered saying something feisty in reaction to a collector, who was asking for an interpretation of one of the artist’s triptychs he was collecting. His hostile remark went something like, “[the collector] can send back my painting if he wants an interpretation!” I can’t imagine being in a position to say such a thing.

 
 
Notes on a panel and preparatory sketch for “Woman with Dog”

Notes on a panel and preparatory sketch for “Woman with Dog”