Tuesday, January 26, 2010
still playing with glazes in oil
Whistler's landscapes whisper simplicity. He hated what he considered the ostentatious brush-slinging of the virtuoso painter. He said, " In my pictures there is no cleverness, no brush marks, nothing to astonish and bewilder, but simply a gradual, more perfect growth of beauty. It is this beauty my canvases reveal, not the way it was obtained." He worked with what he called "his sauce," which was paint mixed with so much medium it ran. He would actually have to dry his paintings horizontally. Whistler used big house paint brushes. He was said to experiment with ways of drying his paintings. He was rumored to have left his paintings outdoors in all kinds of weathers. Once he said (of his drying methods)," It takes the gloss off them, that objectionable gloss which puts one in mind of a painfully new hat." I wish I could have met him and watched him at work. I admit I love juicy paint and brush strokes. In turn I love quiet surfaces like Whistler's.
On another note: I won't be satisfied till I can create in oil what I do in pastel. I have been described as relentless... tenacious... stubborn.....she won't give up. All are true.