Another in this series of impasto pieces. I am really liking this technique. I have to be extremely fast with the knife and will usually go through the image several times before I get it right. I drew a similarity to chinese calligraphy in my head the other night because its a similar system. I have to do the entire image right. if I don’t, I have to start over. the entire piece is so related that any hesitation or mistake shows instantly.
This is both very satisfying and very frustrating at the same time. I love when the image finally appears but I go through many versions before the final and sometimes I have to make a decision on a reasonable version because it isn’t quite good enough. I have to gamble that eventually the right version will come through. It does pay off. I love the frenetic energy that comes through in these pieces. I enjoy the challenge and the sculptural aspects.
Anyway, this is from a quick sketch that I did and then almost threw out because I didn’t like it. Liam was really upset that the original sketch was almost destroyed in artistic pique so after the last image I thought it would translate nicely into this medium. plus it doesn’t have charcoal footprints all over it.