Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Destroying paintings for disposal
I have been talking about throwing paintings away. I would remind you, that you must ruin them before you do. I have known artists who have found art they threw away, in a local antique shop. There are people out there who pull things out of the trash even at a transfer station. If I am throwing away a big stack of paintings on panel I cancel them with spray paint. There are very few people who can afford to have a restorer inpaint over a spray painted X. Very large panels can be set over a 2 x 4 on the floor and snapped in half with your foot. Paintings on canvas need to be removed from their stretchers, which you will keep, and slashed with a razor knife.
I am beginning a new project and I will chronicle the steps in its design and completion. It is a painting of the Perley Oak, in Laconia, New Hampshire.. This monumental tree is the largest White Oak in New Hampshire. It is over 20 feet in diameter and is over 400 years old. Unfortunately it is also sick. I have been commissioned by a private party to paint a picture of this tree before it is gone. Here is the first sketch that I made today.
This is a 9 x 12 done in raw umber. I intend this to be a autumn picture although I want the color to be very restrained, dull gold, russet and gray. It is still very green out there now though. I will probably paint a series of monochrome studies first, when I get the design happening I will either do a bigger one on location or in the studio from the studies. The finished painting will be an 18 by 24. A 9 x 12 has the same proportions as an 18 x 24, that's important when designing a piece, make sure your studies have the same proportions as your intended finished work.
I already know what the problem is with this study. it needs a lot more foreground, tomorrow I will go give it another shot. There is a pond in front of the oak and I want more of that. This tree is so huge it is a struggle getting the thing on to the canvas. I will let you see what happens next, tomorrow if the weather cooperates. I will show you another little trick to deal with designing a foreground into the piece.