“The Interrupted Tea Party” – the flying saucers and downside-up smiling cocks with Russian winter hats

I covered some areas of The Interrupted Tea Party with the white yesterday and I should say it already feels better. I am going to repaint some areas with a color later. It has become clearer to me what needs to be painted and where.

The surface of the canvas is ready for the next chapter.

I have to redo the teeth of the alien. I covered the original sketch with the white and drew a line across marking where the teeth need to reappear. This made the tipping alien saucer and the whole image in general cleaner. I should be already moving onto another painting, but it seems like this one is still keeping me busy.

I was not satisfied by the way the sketched teeth looked, so after filling cubes with the red I redrew the teeth on the alien saucer on the upper right corner.

Originally written on 10-30-17


I have a problem with the blue again. And why oh why am I still trying to fight it? I have no idea, but what I am finding now because of this “fight” is that a lot of fast food chains and companies in general are using these two colors (the red and the blue I have on The Interrupted Tea Party) in their logos. First it was Pepsi-Cola, now my painting looks like Dominoes Pizza, so I need to do something about it.

These colors look the way they look because I am using solid colors barely mixing them with the white. I am not sure why I am not trying to find some other ways to work with them. It seems like the painting is dictating me how it wants to be done. I just hear my friend E. say: “you should try to mix some other colors in there.” Ha!

Well I know that at the end the painting is going to look the way it should look. Right now it feels like I am getting to know my colors better, seeing how each of them work with each other.

I was afraid to use the green, because of the Christmasy feeling I might get, but now I am Pepsi-Cola and Dominoes Pizza all over the place. I might need to do something drastic with the canvas even though I have spent so much time detailing each cube and figure on it. But if the color combination doesn’t work for me, it doesn’t work for me. So I am going to make it work.

Cleaner the lines clearer the characters on the canvas.

I realize that I like painting fast. This detailed work becomes too heavy for my brain, meaning, I start thinking about each detail and each line for way too long. This is fine in the situation of this painting, but in general this type of work can become quite tedious and dry. But, I should say, because of this tedious and dry work I am finding something new every day.

Originally written on 11-5-17


At this point I don’t even know if I like the painting or not, because it has become a canvas with a lot to handle. I guess I am going to call it “my trying some new techniques canvas.” I should say though that I am quite pleased with what I am discovering because of this work. There are plenty of “mistakes” I make on it, but I am learning from each and every one of them.

The biggest lesson I’ve learned while working on The Interrupted Tea Party is this: it is much easier to paint something when the idea is clear. One line leads to another one and all becomes a “something” you are satisfied with. Of course this feeling of “satisfaction” is tricky. Later you might want to add or remove something from one or another canvas, because your technique is improving and you are finding new ways of holding your brushes and putting your paint on surface, but my rule of the thumb is this: the moment I put my signature on my work it is the moment that indicates that a painting is done and I cannot touch it anymore as much as I wanted to. The painting is done and it is going to live the way it is now. That is why I keep my paintings unsigned for some time to see how I react to them after I keep them away from my eyesight.

It is going to be difficult to decide how I hang The Interrupted Tea Party because you can hang the painting “upside down” and it is still as good as hanging it the way I originally started painting. So where do I put my signature, or do I put my signature on both sides of the canvas making it clear that the painting can be hanged one way or another?

“Alice in the Wonderland” type of characters appearing on the blue squares. The alien saucer teeth get their first coat.
The canvas was turned originally this way when started, then it got interrupted… I have a suspicion, by a flying alien saucer.

I should say that the work on this painting feels quite different to me. I am finding new ways to work with the acrylics and solid colors, though I am still expecting some looks from my friend E., but that is okay. I know why I am using colors this way. I gave myself a challenge of some sorts to work with solid colors, mixing them only with the white and using no more than two plus white on a canvas. I am not sure where this challenge came from, but this helps me to know my colors better.

For example now I know that this particular red and the blue are often used in logos of fast food chains (Pepsi-Cola, Dominoes Pizza, etc.). Or that, for example, the hooker’s green hue can look very rich when it is applied multiple times/layers. It can look almost black when hit by a spotlight.

Phtalo blue is the most familiar to me. For some reason I have been using a lot of it in my paintings. Yellow and red becomes very Spanish flag inspired combination. I am still working on the turquoise green and it seems like it is giving me a very smooth and calm feeling even though at this moment I had to put that painting (The Turquoise Green Angel) away for it to mature in my mind. It started to feel like I am beating around the same bush.

Right now there are a few spots that are driving me crazy. I am pretty sure that most likely only I can see these “spots.” Whoever might look at The Turquoise Green Angel now could find everything fine there and might like the painting the way it is now. I would just need to sign the canvas for them and it would be good to go. They probably would be right with their thinking, but for some reason I have this gut feeling that there is something still hidden in the painting which still needs to be revealed to get that full effect out of it.

I believe that because of the time I spend on The Interrupted Tea Party I found a way to work on My Mom as the Guardian Angel of Angels. It is quite clear to me right now how I should cover lines there and what kind of effects I should expect while using techniques I used on The Interrupted Tea Party.

I turned The Interrupted Tea Party to the original side and I should say I do like the painting being hanged both ways equally. Hanging the “original” way works better for me now because I spent a lot of time working on the painting the other way. I might be tired of looking and working on the painting the whole day yesterday so this side I have it on now looks new and refreshing.

I am working on the teeth of the alien saucer now, which is quite stressful, because the alien was not touched by my brushes for a long time. There was a thought a long time ago to use the hooker’s green hue on that flying thing. Christmas, American flag and Dominoes Pizza in one place all at once? Why not? Who knows maybe that is how I need to approach this painting?

The Downside-Up Cock with a Russian hat is looking down on the party guests in the blue squares on the right side of the canvas.

Originally written on 11-6-17

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