Previous installment (Part Three) is here. It has the links for Parts One and Two.
When I first did the red fringes on the canvas, my immediate thought was, Big mistake. However, I knew I could always go back and paint over this stuff, so I didn’t worry a great deal about it. It was more of a nag than a real worry. Funny how neither let you sleep very well, isn’t it? I was more pleased that the inner bone-like structure seemed to be working out so well, and the entire left side of the painting also appeared to be coming along nicely.
That must have been when I decided, some how, to continue with the red fringe. Despite the fact that I thought This is never going to work, I started to add more details to this area. I suppose it’s kind of like when you give yourself a haircut; it looks uneven on one side, so you work on the other, then that side seems uneven…you enter a kind of state where you think Eventually we have to reach a workable compromise. Or shave it all off.
But I didn’t reach such a state with the red fringes. I began adding to them, and each addition screamed Mistake. Making them stand out even more. Then, I tried tying them to the bone structure. My mind continued to scream Mistake, but a smaller voice piped up, Maybe not. Here’s the result.
I still think they don’t work, but…I think they don’t work less than they used to, if that makes sense. Just to prove that they don’t work, here are some details.
As they first were:
With some detail work under their belts (and mine):
Finally, the addition of some tiny teeth. Freudians, set your watches:
While this was going on, I also worked more with the bone rings. Not because they necessarily needed work, but because I had the distressing sense that the red work was going nowhere fast, and I wanted to have something accomplished when I cleaned
the brushes. Please understand, I don’t think I did anything to mar the progress of the bone rings–I think they look better all the time–so my working on them only seems like desperation. It wasn’t really. It was just ordinary working honestly.
Anyway, here are some details of the work. The differences here, between what is there now and what was there before, are much more sublte, but they are there.
There was also a bit of work done on the upper left shoulder of the canvas. This photograph is a bit overexposed to highlight what was done:
I remain satisfied with the progress the work is taking. Even the red is starting to work for me, and I find myself glad that I didn’t wipe it out. Of course, that could still happen. It’s always hard to predict these things. Especially for the guy with the brush.
Here is a photo of the work as it stands, here on the last day of November.
The image is a bit light since it’s a handheld shot with a one second exposure. That also doubles as an excuse for blurriness.
This is fun, innit? See you next chapter, then.