Good Paintings Have Bones

Lately I have been considering layers.

It’s cold outside. So clothing is layered. But so are people. And so is art.

I decided to do a grand experiment and attempt to capture the layers that go into a painting. Not all visual art is like this. But in my opinion, really good paintings often have other really good paintings underneath them. And it’s a matter of painting through the layers to build one really good work of art.

This is one of my recent works, entitled “Sitting Bench” that I have shown you before.

"Sitting Bench", Acrylic on Canvas, 18" x 18", 2011

But here are the bones. The skeleton of the work that makes it hold up, keeps it strong.

It’s a short catalog of my process, showing not all, but key shifts in the composition.

I hope it gives you insight, and inspiration for the long and often clumsy task of creating. And patience for the days that process feels risky and like it’s not working.  These photos prove that you have to move through the awkward stages in order to get to the good stuff–which is true about a lot of things.

"Sitting Bench", In Process, Acrylic on Canvas, 18" x 18", 2011

"Sitting Bench", In Process, Acrylic on Canvas, 18" x 18", 2011

"Sitting Bench", In Process, Acrylic on Canvas, 18" x 18", 2011

"Sitting Bench", In Process, Acrylic on Canvas, 18" x 18", 2011

"Sitting Bench", In Process, Acrylic on Canvas, 18" x 18", 2011

Which brings us to the finished piece.

"Sitting Bench", Acrylic on Canvas, 18" x 18", 2011

Make your work. Whatever your work is.

And trust that all the unseen hours that go into it, matter.  Good paintings– good lives, have bones.

Advertisements
This entry was posted in Process. Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s