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Restating a Painting

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The goal with this painting as I went along was to find a way to knit the painting together with a architecturally structure and to give more body to figures in the foreground. I’ve muted the colors by laying on a dull green wash, which gets rubbed out or painted into. What is not visible now is that I painted in 5 lines that run from the low left to high right of the painting with each area painted with a slightly different of yellow paint. Right now they are just guides.



Written by Bob Martin

May 1, 2009 at 4:07 pm

3rd Run –

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3girls3 Both and the good and the bad about making stuff up is that you are making it up. I’ve got no clue as to what the end should look like.

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March 27, 2009 at 8:55 am

Women 2

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2nd pass


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March 22, 2009 at 1:13 pm

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Progression-Building on an Idea

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In this type of painting it is necessary to keep making changes, adjusting shapes and color. The trick is to feature out when to stop.

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March 6, 2009 at 10:15 am

Finding Comfort

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Fear by B.Martin (c) 2008

Being uncomfortable is most often thought of a way to have a breakthrough on what ever kind of creativity process you are working on. After struggling for the last month or so, I am not so sure that being uncomfortable is everyone salvation.

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June 4, 2008 at 10:33 am

Interpretation and Creativity

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There is always an on going conversation with representational artist about the use of tools, like mirrors, photos, projectors, grids etc. and the question of whether or not the use of these tools constitutes cheating. As if there is some unfair advantage in using these tools and conversely sainthood when you don’t use them. But the use of any tool as well as not using one does not make a drawing or painting better, especially representation works. When we have completed a painting of someone, what we have is not that person, regardless of the tools we used. What we have is our interpretation of that person on canvas or paper and it is the interpretation that is the most important part. I’ve heard this story about Gertrude Stein and Picasso many times and can guess that it is true. Supposedly on seeing this portrait of herself she said to Picasso “It doesn’t look anything like me” and he responded “that in time it will”. I and many other people that I know have seen photos of Ms. Stein and they don’t look anything like her. It’s the Picasso interpretation that I remember best.

I believe everything we create is about us, what we feel, what’s important to us and what we want to say about it. Being skillful is helpful, but it doesn’t guarantee that you’ve got something to say. (As a kid, I was very skillful playing the piano scales, that is as far as it got). Creativity can be seen as a interpretation of what we believe is physically real.

This small painting is a  wp interpretation. still life wp2

Written by Bob Martin

February 19, 2008 at 10:49 am