Sunday, June 10, 2007

"Study in White Fuzz," 8x11, oil on gesso board

Connie Kleinjans, original oil painting, Study in White Fuzz, 8x11It's dandelion time, and I decided to try painting one. To get the fuzz, I experimented with scratching through the paint to the foundation, but that didn't get me enough white. So I went in with a fan brush. Why isn't it finished at the top? Because I'm reading Richard Schmid's fine book Alla Prima, and I love how the figures in his paintings emerge from a raw background. Schmid writes that he scribbles in some paint to get rid of the pristine white, then develops the point of interest. I think it's more 3-D than it would be if the background were solid.

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