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Stage III of this Painting

Updated: Oct 18, 2023

This (untitled) painting has a story of three stages so far. This 12x16 in canvas came in a 3-pack and I took the time to add a layer of gesso and next time I can add 2 layers. I can only estimate the general dates and times involved; a few months ago I started this piece in a style that I've used on 3 -4 other paintings. Here are a few examples:



After the first stage; I thought this painting was finished and it was heading to the be varnish until one day when this painting was in the right place at the right time. I had finished a painting session and had a bit of left over acrylic paint (a sky blue color) and for whatever reason I thought it was a good idea (at the time) to smear the remaining paint onto this painting. I don't have any photos unfortunately and I did not know there would be these multiple stages involved.

So I let the new paint dry and when I looked the next day, I thought I had ruined the painting. It took me some time reflecting but I realized that I made the assumption that this painting would have the same style as the others I had worked on or am working on. So I started adding more colors and waited to see where it lead me.

More time passed; a few weeks and one day I was motivated to work on this painting for the third stage in which I started to connect the black markings. I will say that I was "zoomed in" for many hours and when I stepped back, I thought, "oops, did I ruin it?"



Then a small abstract wolf painting hanging in my room caught my eye and I had the idea of using a similar style to turn all of this black into some sort of a creature. My vote is for a snake at this point and what I mean is; I will work on this painting at some point in the near future and depending on how things go; it will manifest into something.

I have been very fortunate to have the time to paint daily. I do feel like my painting skills are improving. I use a mix of painter tools and brushes and sometimes I use an easel while other times I work on my standing desk, especially when I work on the sides or need to turn the canvas around.


Untitled as of October 13, 2023.



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