Sunday, October 25, 2009

Welcome to the Battlefield (SOLD)

I never can get to 100% or photo real, but I can see the shapes are correct enough.The battle really is won when you decide to do "Something". In my humble opinion, the wrong line or shape will let you see the right one. Thats the way I draw, I just keeping moving the pen or brush around and eventually I will strike on the right line or shape. I believe your eye wants to forgive my errors and they fall away like texture or dead soldiers. I don't care about the color. Most of the paint or color here is just muds left over from my last painting. At this point I feel comfortable really "painting this". I will use lots of clean colors and bold brush strokes. I will wipe away the right color if I am not liking the brushstroke that make it. I try not to overwork them. I have not wiped away any shapes, yet.
This is very early on in a work in progress. I am just trying to get the shapes defined. These red boats are moored in Wanchese Harbour.
Stephen Austin spent his salad days teaching architecture at TAMU. I was fortunate enough to have him as an instructor in my first design lab. One day while I was busy tearing up my latest version of whatever we were designing, Professor Austin paid me a compliment that I did not appreciate until years later. ".....Rick, your designs look like a battlefield." I think anyone that has been forced to design anything with real world components that has to somehow function would agree. Good design never just happens. It is trial and error and only the winners should leave the battlefield. Thank you for looking.
Oil on canvas 16"X12"
This painting is sold.


Camille LaRue Olsen said...

Wow, you've been busy! I like what you said about "errors" and that they fall away -- I agree. Your work sometimes has a feel like one is seeing it through a wavy mirage or heat waves, if that makes sense. Any deviations just look right because of that.

I always wonder about your prices, even though I only have about $5 to my name right now. But I like to plan ahead for when I win the lottery.

Rick Nilson said...

Thanks Camille,

My prices are insane.



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