As I’ve been painting more and more, it seems like my husband has
learned a bit through osmosis.
I brought home an in-progress painting the other day. I admit that I
had wandered away from the straight and narrow on this painting,
wantonly dabbing on colors long before it was time. I put the painting
on the mantle, my “review” stand.
“That one looks a little random,” Jerry said, with a slightly perplexed
Indeed. I had lost the dark-and-light structure of the painting. And
Jerry, after years of observing my paintings as they progress from
drawing to completion, knew how a 20%-finished painting should look.
Detail, no. Color, not necessarily. Underlying structure, absolutely
I feel confident I will pull it off (see also: Suspending Disbelief),
but Jerry’s right. The painting looks inappropriately random right now.
I guess he HAS been paying attention after all.