Trompe L’oeil – Shoot MeJanuary 8, 2008
I just completed this beast of a painting. I don’t normally paint this tightly, but I thought the subject matter dictated a trompe l’oeil effect, so I decided to go for it. This is 30 x 30 inches on linen. Because it rained here in California all last weekend, and I had consistent light in my (not facing north) studio, I decided to tackle this painting. It took me three solid days which is a LOT for me. Very painful this style, but in the end I’m happy with it. Because I have been involved in studying ceramics lately, and recently bought this pot at the student pottery sale at the college, I decided to make a series of paintings using the pottery. This may be the only one in the series!!!
I was also interested in really studying drapery. It is hard to paint. White is also hard to paint so I wanted to challenge myself. Now I want to shoot myself. Tomorrow, in my class I intend to challenge my students with the same. I like to teach what my own head is into at the time, and in so doing, I learn from the students and they from me. (Hey, one doesn’t exactly get rich from teaching.) So I expect to hear a whole lot of whining going on tomorrow.