I Avoid to look – and Mirror usage explained + example pictures
It’s a glorious painting this one. The keys just right. (Hard to get the tiny differences in value right on camera.) Trouble departing from this one as well. Like most of them. Still and this might surprise you I avoid looking at my own stuff. Some keep their (new) paintings on display when you can see it 24/7. I wrote about that before: I would never be able to relax. Why? That would trigger all kinds of thoughts. An occupied mind with perhaps: I need to think of this next, I’ll have to go there, I’ll have to varnish it, frame it, oo this looks nice, is this horizon ok? Is that splatter of paint out of direction? Let’s take it to a mirror….and so on! Nope. I do need peace.
I stack them in drying cabinets, similar to my canvas panel carrier (video how to create those is here.)
The Mirror is your best friend
But I do love them. And for 99% I won’t change them indoors. At the scene I scrutinize “Is it really ready?” by taking out the mirror +/- 10 times before I end. This will give me an objective look/vision upon the composition, brushstrokes, color, directions, and so on. Try it yourself. (See below in this post examples of mirror use).
oil on canvas, 24×30 cm | 9.6″ x 11.8″ 2014
I place the mirror to my right eye and only look at the painting’s (dis)harmony
Here Peggy Kroll Roberts looks at the whole scene/and painting to compare/evaluate.
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