This is a large painting, but I tried to paint it as if it was a pencil doodle. I still find it difficult to relax about making large paintings, because of anxiety about wasting expensive materials. Composition remains a problem, but I’m working on it. Everything in this picture faces to the left, even the house. I’d be more aware of that in future.
The greys shmooshed around on the surface remind me of some Christopher Wool paintings. I like the Tate Modern’s description of his painting Untitled (2007) (below):
“Wool’s marks hark back to the language of abstract expressionism while also recalling the look of white-washed windows in closed-down shops, or the stains on city pavements.”
170402 Insect with Cottage also reminds me of Tilo Baumgartel’s paintings and drawings, which are often reminiscent of fairytale illustrations. I like some of his work, but I’m glad my painting is more crudely finished. I wouldn’t want to finesse everything as much as he tends to.