This was a day of non-stop ugly paintings. Everything came out that way, but I was learning a lot from making them. The learning curve I face in regard to colour is so steep it’s dizzying, but exciting too. I mixed a LOT of colours for the Trumpeter picture. The left-over paint was enough to make these other five paintings.
I was thinking about skin (faces especially) rendered in patchy colour. The Fauves are the obvious example, but I was thinking about more recent paintings by Martin Kippenberger, Dana Schutz, Brian Calvin, Nicole Eisenman, Liu Xiaodong, and Aliza Nisenbaum. I like when there’s a tension between the patchy colours almost acting as representation of skin tones and light qualities, but being “off” enough to draw attention to themselves as abstract colour relationships. I like when it looks awkward, even ugly, in paintings by Kippenberger, Calvin, Eisenman and Schutz, but still have a strong sense of three-dimensional form. My own efforts so far have come out very flat.