"It's Not the End of the World" - oil on deep canvas, 24" x 24" x 1.75". Ready to hang. Available here and at Artfinder. Note: this piece ships in two weeks, as the oil paints require drying time.
It is the final week of the seascapes course, and Pauline Agnew is pushing us to fall off the edge of the paint cliff and just GO FOR IT. We watched her throw a massive band of pink paint across a painting she wasn't satisfied with and then transform it into something completely different and amazing. Jaw-dropping paint bravery!
So today's piece began as an underpainting in oils, waiting to be transformed. And it nearly broke me! It isn't easy to toss paint and make amazement. Poor hubby listened to me stomping around and grumbling as one version after another turned to cow patties.
But I kept at it, walking away and coming back. And finally I turned the whole thing upside down and got a glimmer of ...something. Following that glimmer - letting the paint speak until BOOM, there it was, a painting coming together.
This process is not for the faint of heart! Or for the easily frustrated. But if you like a sense of artistic adventure, this will give you a treasure hunt through treacherous waters and an end result that feels like you earned it by golly. In the end, a troubled canvas is not the end of the world. It is the beginning of another one.
Meanwhile, back in the studio, my intrepid intern, Fiona Denihan, has been soaking up marketing knowledge like a super absorbent sponge. Only a month in, she has created a website, identified her brand AND launched some products on Redbubble!