Thursday, 24 October 2013

To use the past. Orange painting, October 2013. Acrylics on canvas, 29.5 cm x 39.5 cm

Having many paintings on the go at once has been interesting recently. To work on one canvas, put it down and go on to a different one can lead to new considerations. Some happy accidents are left as the final result whereas some "finished" canvases meets a total overhaul in the fresh light of a new day. This painting met such a fate. A layered composition failed to stand up to scrutiny and needed to been given new life. The buried layers shows through on the surface, however. This leaves a crucial link to the past, without which the painting would lose its individuality. The painting would become "about" something totally different.

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