By W R Jones
Lisa had this idea to paint from a model a few weeks ago. I thought I had a pretty good back study going; figured I finish it later at home by making up a background. It seemed a brick wall with a towel rack might make a painting. So I jumped in and started painting brick.
As is visible my brick painting skills are attuned with my brick laying abilities. After a while I got tired of painting bricks and mortar so switched to the towel. It was about this time I had to pee or something. Whatever the reason it forced me to get out of my chair and walk away from the painting. Yes Yes I know I should have been doing this from the start when the model was there.
Anyhoo, on my way back, I actually stopped aways back from the painting and looked. Damn – what the hell – how did I miss the fact the head was WAY too small for the body. This was so entirely discouraging I stopped painting and drank for the rest of the day.
I took the painting to a friend to ask for advice. “Look, I says – I know the head is too small for the figure. What do you think I should do with it?” “Throw it away!” was her answer. “You got any less drastic ideas?” I asked. “You could paint the head bigger.” “That is very unappealing, anything else?” “You could repaint the body.” “Then I will have to move her butt into the painting and I don’t have a model anymore.” “Well”, she says, “You could get a pair of sissors and maybe save a little of it.” “Do you think I could crop it so I had a head study and a back study?” “No.”
She is not the boss of me so I’m trying it here anyway – Ya Ya, I know, the brick work is a bit weak but I’ve lost interest in this loser. Sometimes you have to cut your losses and drink a toast to failure.