Monday, August 07, 2006

Muffler Monument (painting)


Finally I'm back on line. Turns out that my DSL modem was on the fritz, so I got a new one. If you recall, a while back I did a drawing of "Muffler Monument". It was a preliminary study for this painting.

"Muffler Monument" is 36x36 inches, oil on canvas, a fairly large painting. I figured that since I'd done my homework with a nice finished drawing, that it would be easy-street in executing the painting. Unfortunately, it didn't move so quickly. I had started with an all burnt umber lay-in. It looked awesome, maybe I should have stopped there. Then I proceeded to apply color, that's when I got into trouble... I had to re-paint the sky at least three times. But they say that a good painting should show some struggle. I'm pleased with the finished painting, I'd better be for as long as it took. It will be in my October show at the Timmons Gallery in Rancho Santa Fe.

5 comments:

william wray said...

That's funny ! Some how I get the feeling that it's Errol Flynn and the Muffler represents his endowment.

harold hollingsworth said...

nice work, very odd, it seems to cut itself apart from the other work, I like that, a painting with a pulse, an idea merged with the recognizable. Go with this, I look forward to more, enjoying this, but with an eye on the horizon, nice job!

tonypetersart said...

Thanks Bill. Now that you mention it, the muffler man does look like Errol Flynn.

tonypetersart said...

Thanks Harold. I really intended to do something different with this piece. I played with sketches from memory first, that caused me to be more imaginitive. A quality that can be lost when using photography. My friend Aron Wiesenfeld (http://aronwiesenfeld.com/)has been egging me on to sketch more, working more intuitively. The initial idea seems to come accross better.

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Cicely Whispers said...

Love this painting.