THE METAPHORICAL POWER SEAT
Watch a short video narrated by Stephanie Bartron-Miscione,
as she talks about the backstory of this painting.
Progress on Taming Wild as of August 2017.
I have enjoyed full-time, uninterrupted work on Taming Wild since the end of August, with the exception of a week in CO with our kids.
For some reason, work on this painting is more difficult to accomplish with the kind of stops & starts that happen all during the busy, amazing Maine summertime. The results of my work are much more satisfying with the momentum of a daily routine, maybe because there is another layer of purpose for this painting. I’m doing something that I’ve never done before: the saddle’s embellishment is another artists’ work: I’m interpreting his leather carving into a watercolor painting, and I want to do that in a way that honors his recognizable, distinctive style. At the same time, I’m taking creative license with the sensuous, nouveau flow of the botanical elements and making it mine.
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I created 30 watercolor browns to layer for capturing the reflections on this saddle – always going for the glow.
I really work preliminary drawings: lots of groping for the line and changing my mind. Years ago, I learned to do that on vellum to save the surface of my final draft paper for the sable tip of watercolor brushes. I end up with a contour drawing with lots of notes to myself about the details of light and shade, color, phone calls I need to return, etc. – an honest working draft. Read More
Setting up the saddle still life was going to be difficult, and the more I thought about what was involved, the more daunting it became. I’d been looking at the saddle on our banister in Brooklyn for a couple of weeks and made the decision to hang it: for a better view of my favorite parts, a more visually interesting angle, and a more interesting statement — the horizontal profile would have been the easier choice. Read More