I do a lot of what I think of as “one-offs.” These are experiments, or studies, paintings which I come to like but which I might not follow up with another using the same style or method. I’m never sure whether something I do will result in more at some later time, but right now, I have some “one-offs” that I am hanging on to.
Below is a One-off Abstract, named Canyon, for reasons explicable only to my unconscious. Which means I can’t tell you why. I can tell you that it is composed of very thin layers and layers of transparent oil paints. This is a very old approach, very much favored in the Renaissance, because it gives the colors a faint glow, a depth that nothing else produces.
It can only be done with completely dry surfaces, so each layer has to dry before the next is put on. This isn’t as bad as it used to be because the alkyd medium that I use dries faster than linseed oil. But it still is a slow evolution. And sometimes the product isn’t what I had hoped for, through all those slow applications.
With all that in mind, here is Canyon. 12 x 16, oil on board.
Of course, I have oodles to be thankful for, including the chance to show my work on this blog. If a tree falls in the forest and no one hears………. –June