Tibor Kalman, a well-known graphic designer, said once that he only ever did the same design or drawing twice: once to figure out how to do it and the second time to do it right.
Well, I can’t say I only paint scenes twice — I’m not as fast on the uptake as Kalman. Sometimes it takes six or eight tries before I think I’ve gotten it “right.”
So, here’s number two of that Pine Creel tree and creek scene:
Tree and Water 2, Pine Creek Series, 12 x 16″, Oil on board
Of course, we can’t count the number of drafts any given painting goes through before it’s signed as “numbered” pieces; drafts are often innumerable.
In talking of drafts of paintings, I speak, specifically, of the next painting of a shale ledge which gave me lots of trouble and still isn’t “right.” I have a visceral memory the shale outcrops along Pine Creek, particularly when they occurred in the little side streams where we would go wading when it was 87 degrees and 87 percent humidity. The shale was deliciously cold and smooth underfoot, whereas the boulders and cobblestones of the main stream were relentlessly painful underfoot. So the shale ledges have special meaning to me; I decided it was time to post this:
Shale Ledge (Pine Creek Series), 12 x 16″, oil on board
And here’s the latest version (i.e. draft 3) of the larger Little Four Mile Run that I posted the other day:
Little Four Mile Run (Pine Creek Series), 18 x 24″, Oil on board.
All these paintings were done from photos, courtesy of Charlie Bierly, and are available for sale, proceeds to benefit a scholarship fund for Jersey Shore (PA) high school students.
And just for fun, I’ve uploaded the variation of Tree and Water that I posted a day or so ago, and that earlier version of the 18 x 24 inch Little Four Mile Run. (I’m content for the moment with the 12 x 16″ version of the Little…Run). You can do your own comparisons. –June
Tree and Water 1 (Pine Creek Series), 12 x 16, oil on board
Little Four Mile Run (Pine Creek Series), draft 1, 18 x 24, Oil on board.