Monday, October 31, 2011

no such thing as a formula

There is no such thing as a formula for achieving a good painting.

That was my working premise in painting this piece. I started with a color palette that interested me: Cobalt Turquoise, Alizarin Crimson, and Raw Sienna. I splashed the paint down and followed what developed with great curiosity. I blotted and dripped, sprayed and spattered, and tilted the board every direction possible to let it become what it would.

I didn't even know if I would like it.

And then, I let it sit on the shelf in my studio. I turned it and looked at it for days. What did it suggest?

In the end, I grabbed my Chinese brush and Sumi ink and dashed in the running girls. Something is going on and I'm not convinced it's all good. After all, it is All Hallows' Eve! And there could be monsters out there! Run!


Casey Klahn said...

Great blog re-model, Katherine!

We listen to MM every Halloween - but my favorite is the JibJab that Lorie did last year.

Celeste Bergin said...

the painting has an "oz" quality to it--I like it!

Kitty Wallis said...

"There is no such thing as a formula to achieve a good painting" cannot be said too often! Your painting has space and air. I like it.

Great gesture drawing!