Wednesday, March 17, 2010
Quintessence looks better in real life. Creamy, rich oil paint applied here and there with a palette knife creating layers of texture over the softer brush strokes. This is one of the characteristics of Van Gogh's work that I find attractive... the thick application of paint applied in a way that makes you feel like he wants to sculpt an iris. Paul Gauguin (Vincent's friend and fellow artist) used to tell Vincent he was 'wasting paint' applying it so thickly and Vincent's brother Theo, (who paid for Vincent's oil paint) mentioned how expensive it was to supply paint to Vincent. Luckily he ignored his friend's advice and his brother's complaining, and kept on listening to his muse.
I purchase my oil paint in the largest tubes I can find, which saves me from running out of a particular colour too quickly... and lucky no one has suggested I am wasting paint.
12x12 oil on canvas. (the thicker white paint will need some extra dying time... such is life)