Angus Bull 2
Oil on board, 6" x 6"
$125 plus $6 shipping in U.S.
Wooly bully returns yet again. It is fun sometimes to take an image and see where it will go when it is painted multiple times. Here the format changed from horizontal to square, which necessitated a different approach to design. I tried to let the painting lead me--not the other way around-- using shifting colors and values to create a different mood...or is that moood?
So much of learning to paint is about control; trying to gain command over the medium and develop fluency, so the painting will do what you want. And ironically, so much of being a good painter is about learning to relinquish that hard-earned control, so the painting in process can lead its own "life." In a curious sense, the developing painting becomes independent of you. You just try to help it along, staying out of the way as much as possible, giving up the illusion of control. If you're lucky, you become an intensely interested onlooker and can be as surprised as anyone at what results.
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