Although I'm glad people liked it, I should never have posted BG's first "draft" of his Johnny Winter portrait. For one thing, he is vehement about not showing his work before it's finished, but I think one night after he had a few drinks he kind of said it would be ok--but it wasn't. So now I have to try to make sure he doesn't see that post.
In the second place, he worked on the painting about 4 hours yesterday, and it kicks the first version's ass--so now I feel doubly guilty. I had some cockamamie scheme to post pix of the painting at various stages, which I thought might be interesting. But I dare not now. But I will post it when he's finished with it.
The thing with BG's work is that often his "unfinished" versions are great as they are. They're rough and often quite stark and dramatic. Since he's self-taught, I've seen his techniques gradually become more varied and refined, and though all his work is Expressionistic, some of the more recent stuff is more finished and "realistic" looking than heretofore.
In any case, at this point he's started to add color (a major signature of all BG's works are the vivid colors) and transformed the nose to a more Johnny-esque shape. The shadowing is more subtle yet more intense. Wish I could post it here!
BG's explanation of his art, in part, is that a subject calls to him, "screaming" to be painted. The final product is "there," just waiting for him to complete it. I joked with him last night that he's kind of like a Dr. Frankenstein. Since much of the emotional impact of his paintings emerges from the way he renders the eyes, looking around his small studio apartment where he hangs some of his works you can really start to feel like you've got a bunch of disturbed souls staring you down from all sides. It's a little unnerving at times.
Well, anyway, sorry BG--I blew it. Hopefully you'll either never find out, or you'll come around to my way of thinking and let me post the work in various stages.
SCREWUP NUMBER TWO
Over two weeks ago, Digibrill of Letters to Theophilus tagged me for a meme. I still haven't done it yet. I know a lot of people kind of grumble about it, but I was secretly hoping someone would tag me. But it can be a little hard to do, can't it? So Digibrill, if you're still visiting, I'm working on it. (Yeah, yeah, sure...)
SCREWUP NUMBER THREE
I love getting comments, and I am pretty anal about responding. But I always seem to be behind. So if anyone gives two flips in hell, I will be responding to comments in the last two posts asap.
Other screwups will have to wait for another post.
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