Friday, July 07, 2006
Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Home
oil on canvas
Everyone does a bad painting now and then. I should know after painting for 30 years. I’ve certainly had my share.
Losers are best dealt with before they dry.
For example, if the painting has “gone down the drain”and you know there's no hope, take your palette knife and scrape it off. Take a rag dipped in turps and finish the job. The panel or canvas will have a nice gray tone just perfect for the next painting once it dries.
I use what I call a mud pot to put the left over paint into each time I clean my palette. It eventually all turns gray and is perfect for toning panels and for blocking in underpaintings.
The experience of the bad painting will stay with you. Analyze it when you've had some time away from it and figure out where you went wrong. Learn from it.
In another couple of days, the bad painting will be entirely forgotten, and there'll be no evidence that it ever happened. Except, of course, the fact that your painting skills will have grown stronger because of it.