Monday, December 04, 2006

Twilight Fair #3 5"x 7" Christina Pickard & Robin Orbach Starke $100

As a finished work, this painting has always felt fast and spontaneous—it has a sense of urgency and action, and that’s one of the things that we like about it. When we were creating it, though, that wasn’t always the case. It lingered on a studio table for a while, didn’t have the bold reds and blues, and was even vertical at one point.

Because we each begin a painting separately and then pass it back and forth until we feel like it’s finished, neither of us has total control over the final product. It might sound corny, but the paintings sort of have a life of their own—they usually tell you where they want to go, and where they don’t. We’ve passed them back and forth as many as five or six times and as few as two. When we’re stuck, the paintings sit on a table or pinned on the wall for a little while, and we work on something else. Luckily, in the three passes (Christina-Robin-Christina) that it took to complete this painting, we were able to keep the initial spontaneity that we liked while adding enough color and form to make the work feel balanced and finished.

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