Horace – a best friend’s dog
August was dedicated to exploring with paints on different substrates, primarily paper and the studio walls were filled to capacity.
Many artists agree that the finished product is rarely what they set out to create and there is an inevitable frustration with this. They need to continually test themselves, to learn and to improve their control of the medium. Often many complain they have overworked a piece as it “dies” in front of them.
Andrew decided he would develop some earlier ideas for Horace swimming in the Thames. (Horace, belonged to good friends and had striking black and white markings).
The paintings on wood panel were rendered in a familiar way and Andrew then employed some techniques from the work he had explored earlier to produce this final piece on paper.
Studying the same subject clearly connects a body of work but also offers some clarity between the style and the execution.
Andrew finds these examinations create more questions than answers.
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