Wednesday, 19 August 2009
View from the Keep
View from the Keep 2009 (oil on canvas, 36 x 48 ins)
After a while you realise that everything else is just fiddling and you must simply stop. I think it was Picasso who said, "A painting is never finished, only abandoned". Leonardo may have said something on similar lines, but after all, Picasso also said "Bad artists copy. Good artists steal", so who knows, he may have stolen that too.
I've called it a day on this one. I'd forgotten how tiring it is to work on a painting this size, but also how ultimately rewarding.
The photograph was difficult to take. I had to do it in the garden but even though the sun was behind clouds, it's showing a slight darkening to the left (or a slight lightening to the right) which isn't as noticeable in the original. The lens has also made the curvature of the horizon more pronounced, although the skyline does actually do that.