Thursday, July 7, 2011

Francis Bacon said "I want a very ordered image,

but I want it to come about by chance."

Sometimes, I throw paint at one canvas and splatter a photograph on the wall as well. Or, I come home from a Matisse show and paint over everything in the studio with his blue. The photograph is still on the wall, rather intensified by its new blues and reds; the Matissean blues had themselves to be painted away.

But that sunlight and shadow that I photographed two days ago? It was a lucky accident. Something was missing from that painting -- I was tending towards too much middle ground -- that came back into it when the light and shade hit, so I have painted it in. The painting had reached this point:

But now is here:

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