It feels like kind of an outlier relative to other pieces in this lesson, with its rectangles, crisp edges, and fewer atmospheric softnesses. It's more solid and less atmospheric than my other studies, and it has an abstracted landscape—or seascape—feel to it. I see water, sky, dock, and channel markers.
Initially I didn't like it, but in the end it grew on me and became a favored child. One of the best parts of it is this little bit of its history:
I had fiddled with this and that throughout the making of this piece, trying to get it to have certain contrasts and a particular energy. One of the last steps I took, with my heart in my throat, was to get out an ink applicator bottle I have (an unpredictable character in my tool kit) to outline the red bits. To my delight, the applicator worked great, didn't make uneven blobby lines, didn't clog up—yay!
Then, when I stopped scribing the circles, I discovered that all the while ink had been leaking from the lower rim of the cap on the bottle, creating the huge black blob you see in the painting!
The (very) good news is that I laughed, that I was open to the surprise (my openness a surprise in itself), and that I actually liked the silly blob—unexpected strength and originality in my painting!
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