Absolutely. I have seen some amazing paintings with some really neat, sophisticated, and expressive techniques. But there’s so much more to it and there’s still a lot of work to be done to put out that art and make it as good as possible.
Your new book is called “The Artist’s Art of the Impossible.” What are some of the difficulties you encountered while painting a mural?
The biggest issue was dealing with the actual painting itself, which is a technical, meticulous endeavor. There’s lots of ways in which you can alter and correct what’s going on inside of a painting. There’s a lot of technical work involved in creating a mural, for one thing. It’s also hard to get into the world of the mural itself. If you’re painting someone’s face, we’re talking about lots of paint. A painter’s job is to make the person look the way they see themselves to. If you’re messing up the details of the person’s face or the way that their eyes are moving around the face, then you take the person’s face away. It’s a very technical and difficult task, and it’s very easy to do.
You mentioned being able to see the paint in the image, and if you look closely here again, the painting looks like some sort of color or texture. You’ve got all these little dots. They look similar to what they would have done at the start of the painting, a few days before, before you did the final painting?
Yep. They weren’t there at the first shot, so no, it wasn’t an optical error. As the paint dries, it has a way of absorbing what was underneath. It seems to me that it’s almost like this kind of texture or paint grain, like if you’re doing a sculpture and you start adding a layer of paint. When the final layer dries, that layer of paint just kind of disappears. It looks the same and sounds the same. The final layer also has to look like the layer on the first layer, but the end result is a different color. So it takes a long time. So you may have been painting for 30 hours, but it could have taken five days and it could end up looking like a very different face. So you need to figure out what is happening. There are no shortcuts when it comes to painting this job.
Your book also details the history of painting as art. When you started painting “The Artist’s Art of the Impossible,” how did
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