Sunday, March 18, 2007

another weekend flew past

Wow, Sunday night already? Good grief!

I spent much of the weekend in bay area, which was a nice change of scenery. I don't mind visiting cities but I could not handle living in one!

After getting home this afternoon I did a bunch of work on the chicken painting, and was hating it more and more with every brush stroke and finally decided that my best bet was to start over. I'd already changed the background color twice, and still wasn't satisfied with it, and the bird looked funky. It was supposed to be done by tomorrow but I think it's preferable to be a little late with GOOD art than to be on time with something that I feel is poorly done. I think I'm just too tired today to be too artistic. So.. I put three coats of gesso over the painting and when that's dry I'll start it again...differently. I'm not crazy about starting over but it's not a huge painting so it's not a crisis. I guess I'm still sort of in the experimental stages with painting, particularly when it comes to new subject matter!

Did I mention I'm tired? Zzzzzzzz.


Anonymous said...

What is gesso? Is that like primer for covers up mistakes and imperfections so that you may start anew?

Katherine Plumer said...

Yeah, it's a primer. You put it on the canvas before starting a painting, or... if you hate your painting you put it over your painting and do it again!

Unknown said...

what were you painting??
i usually stop painting for the night if i feel i am taking a painting in the wrong direction. I always wake up with a new perspective on it.

Katherine Plumer said...

A chicken. It was at the point where nothing I was doing was helping. Didn't like the bird's pose (should have fixed that in the initial sketch) didn't like the background color, didn't like anything about it. Version two is almost done now, it's a huge improvement.