Thursday, December 11, 2014

THE 80/20% APPROACH


This one was started on site, and finished in the studio.  I've been reading a book by the late landscape painter, Paul Strisik. It was his common practice when painting outdoors to do an energetic start full of the feeling and color he wanted.  When about 80% finished he'd take the painting back to the studio to complete the last 20% later.  After a little time he would pull out one of these and using his memory of the feeling of that day and any photos he may have taken for reference, he would give reflective thought to what the painting needed to become a finished work.  That's pretty much the way I approached this one.

I enjoyed making the outdoor painting, working larger than usual, and not being under pressure to "finish" while in the field.  Then it was a pleasure to revisit what I had started and to do whatever I could to make the most of that.  It's amazing how the memory of the feeling while the painting was started undergoes an editing process that feeds the decisions made in the studio.



NOVEMBER MOOD
©Jimmy Longacre 2014
12X16 oil on canvas panel

Jimmy Longacre
subjective realist landscape paintings

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