The Letting Go..the real + the imagined...carousel
The Letting Go oil/canvas 40 x 30 x 1.5
was painted fairly recently as a therapeutic work for myself....and vicariously for a friend. The work was created from many photos taken click-click-click.....style on a beautiful spring morning in Boston. The figure is a composite of two separate girls. The face is made up and played down to increase the power of the overall figure. The arm is made up. I modeled my own hand. The horse is a composite of real and imagined. The interior of the carousel's roof was flattened into a 2-dimensional pattern. I was concerned with the overall lightness of the bottom of the canvas. I was advised at a recent critique to leave it alone and consider the work finished. Terrific. Using a design-centered approach can leave one up in the air as far as a cemented finish as there are always patterns that can be enhanced. OK. Wonderful. There was also a comment regarding the lack of sheen on the painted surface. Up until now, I have used a 5:1:1 medium mix of turpentine: stand oil: damar varnish. I may experiment with a 50:50 mix of turpentine:stand oil.