12 x 12"
oil on panel
I've been painting my larger pieces so slow and carefully, more tight and detailed - it may be a phase. When I'm painting another's painting - like Klimt's masterpieces, or Whistler's portrait of his mother, I get totally into the details I've never noticed before. Subsequently the rest of my painting takes on the same tightness.
The smaller pieces I generally auction on eBay are try-outs for something I have in my brain - and sometimes it leads to a larger, more realized piece like this one. After I finished my smaller one I couldn't wait to delve into a larger format of Whistler's iconic 'Arrangement in Grey and Black, No. 1', better known as 'Whistler's Mother'. The marriage of grey/golds with blue/greys and green/greys is alluring. And I love using up all my Torrit Greys.
For those who don't know what Torrit Grey is - the brand Gamblin will recycle pigment dust from every color in the spectrum and mix up a unique color every year. In fact, they give the tubes away with a purchase of their paint while supplies last. I still have about 11 tubes from the past 11 years. They are priceless.
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