|Glass House Astlibe, acrylic on canvas, 10 x 8", |
by Tracy Feldman
Before I found recovery from compulsive eating, that fact seemed like a cheat, and that used to really bug me. Now it's just a fact I accept, which frees me to enjoy the good things about a perennial garden -- even if it will always need work. Thus, maybe I'll even get around to planting some of these beauties in my own back garden some day. But at least I've finally gotten around to painting them.
The expression "happy accident" is used by artists to indicate that an unexpected thing happened during the painting process that could have been a problem, but when you look at it, you realize, "Hey, I like it even better this way". The "happy accident" with this piece occurred because I too quickly sprayed a thick coat of clear glaze over the painting, and so some of the edges in parts of the painting got softer (less sharp) than when I originally painted them. When I initially noticed the softening, I though "Oh NOoooo!" But then I took a breath and placed the work on a flat surface -- to prevent any dripping/shifting. After a couple of minutes I looked back at the piece and thought, cool, it looks even better. Yea!" Hope you enjoy and would welcome any comments.