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. . . or Loose?
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I have been painting compositions with Cornishware pottery lately and finding it exhausting as I attempt a high degree of realism. It takes me enormous concentration to render correctly (well as correctly as possible) all the ellipses involved in paintings like the one below and of course these are repeated again and again in all the stripes. Then to render the shifts in values around the vessels is also challenging. And I have found that in my collection of Cornishware that I have built up overtime the same colour varies across items and of course I need to reflect this!
Working tightly on pieces like this leaves me craving to get some thick loose brushstrokes down. Every so often I’ll do some oil sketches and thumbnails in order to capture and put down ideas. This less self conscious and expressive approach tends to emphasise what initially appealed to me about the subject matter and helps me to determine if an idea is worth pursuing further in a painting. Below is an example of some of my thumbnails. The square pieces here are about 3″ x 3″
I am in a quandary as to which direction I want to go Tight or Loose? so I am going to alternate paintings now between tight and loose to see where it leads me.