Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Mermaid


In the beginning I just lay down whatever I am thinking about...
trying not to judge whatever it is or wether it looks good or not.
This painting is at the stage that I don't really like too much
of what is presently there. It feels simplistic, thin and overly 
decorative. This is early in the painting process-there is not much 
paint on this painting. Once I start covering up and re working 
the painting it generally gets better. Most of this will probably 
change. I find this the hardest part and it kills me to stick it 
on this blog as generally it's nice to only show the best work 
as if you never make duds. Often I find the paintings of 
others, when they are not working, the most interesting.

7 comments:

Sylvie Van Hulle said...

Hi Nicholas!
I'm so glad you started a blog, and I found it! :-)
I admire your work for a long time, it is really GREAT!
Thanks for sharing your thoughts here, and the way you work!
It's very inspiring!

Nancy B. Hartley said...

Nicholas,
Thank you for sharing your thoughts about your work. I loved hearing about the process and your feelings about showing your unfinished work. Your art is beautiful and inspiring! I have been a long time admirer from your gallery on Canyon Rd in SF.

Ian MacLeod said...

Hi Nicholas, Your work is beautiful. The process is everything. Stepping back and getting comfortable with the piece is so important. For me the process is almost completely out of my control. Other than making choices about colour and position, I allow the painting to evolve and have a life of it's own.
ian

Angela Wales Rockett said...

Thank you so much for sharing. I'm in the middle of that awkward stage in a few of my paintings right now and it's good to be reminded that it's just part of the process.

Nicholas Wilton said...

Happily everyone struggles with the exact same issues. It's much better that way--makes it seem almost normal. I would love to paint in a studio with more artists around..

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