Friday, 18 May 2007

Another Rescue Mission


Erotokritos - 1st stage

This is another picture I've had in the studio for some time. In fact, I probably started it over two years ago. I can't say why I didn't finish it. I liked the subject, but other things intervened, and there's no doubting that I prefer starting pictures to finishing them.

Yesterday dawned without my having anything new to take along to the Art Club. Again. There's one I want to get finished - I owe it to the Man With the Talent as payment for this computer - but for now the original Photoshop manipulation is hiding from me somewhere in the studio. Or elsewhere in the house.

There was nothing for it, then, but to take along the unfinished Erotokritos. It was difficult getting back into the picture, not least because boats can be problematic forms and these needed to be embedded properly into the composition. It was a real mistake not to have pushed on into that area in the first place.

Nevertheless, I was able to make headway and this is where I was when I packed up to go home yesterday.


Erotokritos - interim

7 comments:

Bee Skelton said...

This is coming along really well. There's something about peeling paint and flaking plaster ... love it! BTW you've been tagged. Take a look at my blog for details. Completely optional of course Mr Z, but play if you like. Bee

Neda said...

I am thankful to Bee for introducing me to your exceptional art. I love these two very vibrant paintings. Ah! I do miss the Mediteranean! Lucky you!

Mr Zip said...

Hi Neda, and welcome. Glad you like the painting ... but, um, there is only one.

Neda said...

I know.But for me, every stage of a painting deserves its own ephemeral existence :) and thus, needs to be remembered..

Mr Zip said...

Ah yes, I see. My Old Tutor used to say that a painting should look good at any stage of its completion and while I have some reservations about that, I can see that point of view.

marja-leena said...

Intersting to see the development. The first one lookded good, the second is better wspecailly the textures and sense of depth. Looking forward to the next, if you really think that's still needed. Abot what size is your canvas?

Mr Zip said...

I think more work needs to be done on the area of the boats and harbour frontage. Not too much, but the paint was too wet last week for me to finish what I wanted to do. It's a 12 inch square board.