Wednesday, February 13, 2008
Let it Snow
Snow came down hard all throughout Tuesday. It’s the first snow fall of the season in New York, it covered the city in white, which it’s a nice site to see, but as most of us here know the prettiness only lasts for so long. Once it starts melting everything becomes a big muddy swamp. As snow flakes hit the windows I sat in front of the easel late at night working on the sliced pear painting. I had done some work to the background a few days ago but it came out all wrong. I had to wait for it to dry before I could start work on it again. In the meantime I had to think about how to cover the pale mint green I had covered it with. It needed to be toned down, there was no doubt about that, but how and with what color. I was not sure if I should keep working with some kind of soft green or should I try some other neutral color. Too many thoughts running through my head made it hard for me to come to a clear idea of where I want this painting to go. To get rid of confusion I covered the background with a mixture of earth tones. I applied it thinly so that the green under layer could show through. I proceeded to keep working the whole painting using earth tones, building up layers trying to get a new feel for the painting.