Thursday, 12 April 2007
Wobbly Bridge; 4th Pass
For anyone still following this apparently never-ending saga, here's the state of play after today's session down at the Art Club.
I wasn't able to get as much done as I'd hoped. I have to hand in two pictures tomorrow to a small exhibition organised by the Art Club. Most of my pictures are mirror-plated, but these have to be strung. I could find no D-rings anywhere round the house, so before I went to the Club today I had to scour the hardware shops - few and far between in these days of out-of-town shopping - looking for some.
When I got to the Art Club, of course, I discovered they keep a supply of D-rings in the cupboard.
I'm still not convinced by the awkward ribs at either side of the bridge, but the paving has been lightened and warmed up, which throws the figures more onto centre stage and draws the eye away from the peripheries of the bridge.
"You'll have to grade the tone of the paving, " said Plastic Man, "so that it recedes properly.".
"I can do anything I like with it," I said. "It's my picture and there's no reason why it should obey any laws but mine. You should welcome this rare example of Japanese-style flatness in my work."
"You're absolutely right," said Plastic Man.
I'll work on those ribs more next week. I'm confident I can get them to pull themselves into shape and the Prospective Buyer (did I mention there is a Prospective Buyer?) is pleased with the way it's going.