Anyway, one of the last things was to try to cover up a bunch of small holes in the upstairs bathroom. The previous owners left paint that was supposedly for the upstairs bathroom, but it was a bit too light. I decided to take some spare canvas I had and the paint for the downstairs bathroom and see what I could come up with.
What I was aiming for was something along these lines, though red and black and maybe a bit more tree-like.
|Kazuo Nakamura, Inner Structure, 1956, @ AGO Collections|
As you will see, I ended up with something that is nothing like this at all. It's slowly growing on me, though I might try to get the thing in my head on canvas one of these days. (I probably ought to start with a better primer, however.)
I went ahead and photographed several stages, much like Matisse did, though I didn't completely paint over what I had done obsessively, as Matisse (and Picasso) were known to do.
|The blank slate|
|Red on black|
|White on black (homage to Franz Kline?)|
And that is it in its final form. (Or probably so. I may touch up the purple with a bit of blue, since the purple dried so dark it looks nearly black.) This is basically an abstract piece, though I kind of see a wolf-like figure chasing some bird-like pictographs with a campfire at the bottom right. There is a lot of empty space, which maybe is a good thing. It certainly is different from what I had originally intended.