March 27, 2011
"Grapefruit on Glass" oil on canvas, 6X6"
I had a keen group of students to my studio week before last, and this is a demo painting from that workshop. "Show us how to do reflections" they asked. "Sure" said I, "No problem". It turns out that it was a bit of a problem. Judging the values took more effort than I had estimated, most especially in the reflection. I misjudged and then had to make changes accordingly.
I think that painting is like music, you do not have to be a musician in order to ascertain when someone misses a sharp or a flat, and nor do you have to be an artist to know that something is not "reading" in a painting. The musician or the visual artist will, however, be the one able to retrace their steps and make the needed correction. It's not about never making mistakes, it's figuring out how to fix them that counts in the end.