Fixing unfinished older experiments.2

Here is another older painting that I’ve resurrected after abandoning it (in this case, I ruined it by getting too carried away with something that worked well for me in another painting).

As you can see on the right, I got crazy with paint splatter and overall created a mess, including some blotches around the eyes and face that really robbed the image of its continuity. The image on the left reflects my clean-up, with white paint, but also removal of color using water. Yes, the paper in this case is again the “wrong” kind — it is not ideal for water color, but interestingly I like some of the effects I get with it versus the expensive “correct” kind.

Hendrix.Vinchesi.Fixing older work.April 2019

As with most of my work, this is not yet a finished piece (I really need to commit to finishing several of these works in progress).

But I wanted to share a promising “fix / save” of a previous mistake.

Golf Landscape

In honor of the Masters golf tournament, here is a putting green landscape I did in late 2018 (still need to fill in the flag but here it is).

Putting green and landscape.Vinchesi.2018

For those who follow golf, or Tiger Woods (or both), he won today after an 11-year drought of winning major tournaments, and the joy for him was palpable.

I was moved by his win in particular because it represents a human being’s occasional ability to overcome inner demons (in this case, to win again after the humiliation of his train-wreck ending of his marriage 11 years ago).

Prior to his 2008 personal and then professional meltdown, he only knew victory, and displayed a towering arrogance that often accompanies those who win early and remain invincible. But after his then-wife discovered his multiple affairs (and crass text messages to several women) and chased him down his driveway, smashing the rear window of his car (with a golf club…), he began a downward spiral and the Great Humbling began.

There is something profound about sports stars who have famous collapses that then seem to haunt them in future contests (Greg Norman comes to mind — he was leading the Masters several different times and yet gave-away victory on the final afternoon each time; he won the British Open several times, and so at least buried the “never won a major” moniker).

The power of the mind to be haunted by the past is very real and it is inspiring when anyone succeeds in breaking those chains.

Congratulations Tiger Woods, it is heartening to see you free yourself.

“Shall I bring my own chains?

“We always do.”

IHeartHuckabees

From I Heart Huckabees, a truly extraordinary movie.

Where do I get prints made?

Ok, it’s time for me to indulge myself with some reproductions of a few paintings I like even though I am a nobody in the art world. I have been inspired recently by other amateur artists who are selling their work online and elsewhere, so why not?

And so I am looking into local printers who can take high-resolution shots of my work, reproduce colors accurately, and then do a print run of a dozen or more of each, on archival paper for resale.

Any advice would be appreciated!! Let me know your “do’s and don’ts”!!

Fixing unfinished older experiments.1

I made painting a priority in recent days and got back to an older one that I hadn’t finished (code word for “mostly given up on”) and tried to advance it forward without ruining it (always a risk).

Here’s how it looks now:

Hendrix.Vinchesi.purple and green.unfinished

And this is where it started (you can see my comments on the older version in this post, Trying to Get Loose):

Hendrix2.Vinchesi

I used a lot of white paint to allow a re-start on the bandana, which I was very reluctant to do because I liked the blue with splashes of color set against the light-colored (no-color) hair. Part of me wishes I had left the hair blank of color and left the bandana as it was.

I also used white to cut back the boldness of the purple splotch in front of his face, and of course there are the layers of color now on his face, and the black pen scratching for his hair and ear.

All artwork is vulnerable to being over-worked, and this is especially true in water color, where the paper starts to break down after too many passes, or perhaps the beautiful layering that is possible with water color starts to get covered up in a muddy mess.

The only solution is to paint hundreds, and thousands, of paintings, and so we press on..