Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Magdalene Revisited

Finally had the courage to return to my painting from the summer class. It is coming along nicely. Lesson learned: even when mixing only two colors of oil paint for the skin, there are a group of shades that are warm and vibrant and a group that are dull. How is this possible? I still do not know, but I have learned to recognize if I have mixed the vibrant or the dull version. Ah, the mystery that is paint.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

The Changes with Frames

I found an inexpensive place to buy them, so for the first time I have been able to see my paintings framed. They automatically add that "wow" factor, especially since the only available frames there are big and gold. It is very interesting to me to note my own reactions: my paintings immediately seem more worthy to me. Someone noted the difference it made in home decor: "we have a grown-up apartment now." When you go into a gallery, presentation plays a very big role in how the work is perceived. The Abstract Expressionists and Modernists rejected the frame for similar reasons. I respect these art movements for all that they stood for. Is this why I feel a little guilt along with the pleasure of having presented the work at its most palatable? After all, the concept of the work and the application of paint have nothing to do with the change that occurs upon framing.