Sizzling heat! and the bush on the left is just poised, waiting to strike; you can see the tentacles almost writhing!
So the chicken legs are there, in the underpainting? Am I correct? Is this the one time you didn’t photograph the work in this state, or are you just not wanting us to see them?!!
Once again, great to see a new work.
The chicken legs are in the undergrowth, the grass. Very small. Even as I sketched the guy out, sleep-heavy, I realized the chicken legs had to go.
I don’t think I have any development sketches, and don’t know where the original little dream sketch is. I didn’t need to change much, but did go out and find a landscape, above Lake Hollywood, that fit the bill. It really was delivered almost whole from the dream.
I think the beef stroganoff was most likely a metaphor for the unfinished painting. Cooking- painting-mixing ingredients to create. Your mind might have felt the weight of the sky.
Dreams have been a real fountain source for my own ideas. They just seemed to start coming in my early twenties and I learned to keep a voice recorder next to the bed just in case a dream did happen, I would be able to record the information before it had dissipated. But I’ve only had a few ideas for paintings, mostly musical stuff.
For myself, these vivid dreams usually come during times of extreme mental or physical stress. In fact most of my ideas come as a result of extreme stress… . Gorgeous painting; I particularly like the landscape on this painting. Ideal.
If I recall, THE WAVE also came to you in a dream. The wave and the Secret Service both banging at your door, bursting in on your home. You’re the only one who can understand the associations to the beef stroganoff and the waiting president. I like the weight of the water here, dammed up in the background, pressing down on the figure. Your perspective virtually tilts the entire canvas forward, top over bottom. Hell, maybe both paintings originated with a wish to sleep a little longer with a very full bladder. Nonetheless, you’ve got another magnificent painting here!
LOL i didn’t quite understand all of that. Was it really for reagen? And where does the stroganoff come in?! Hey I’m still working on my tempera. The white layer is getting much. Better but my glazing is terrible – so streaky looking. The tanspare ts are so lean they seem to need some solvent instead of medium. Any suggestions?
“Maroger” meduim – black oil and mastic. OMG…I started reading up on it. Now I am so confused and disorientated. LOL Sometimes I wonder if I will ever get to the painting part. It takes so much time to learn about these things. Suppose I missed the time to study w/ a master. Shay said the Maroger makes the neo megilp look like crap. Thought I was headed in the right direction with the megilp. My french painter friend demands the only REAL glaze medium is a recipe he sent over with damar varnish, turp and stand oil. Don’t want to go use the damar. I think I’ll try some stand oil, megilp and turp today. (if I ever can get off the dang computer ;-)
I like the blue and yellow motif running throughout the painting, Vermeer-esque- down to the carpet in the lower left corner.
Vermeer, Velasquez… if only I’d worked in Vernet I’d have a V trifecta!