Work In Progress

Gyrfalcon @ 22 Aug 2016 - Rik Rawling

Further to previous posts (here and here), this painting is now proceeding rapidly towards completion. Grey tones undercoated, now I just need to sort out the background and then start on the fine detail, which entails hours and hours of insane eyesight-destroying close-up work. If I wanted to make it easy for myself I could just piss it out like any number of contemporary painters (you know who you are) but, for me, the essence of the creative process is best summed up by Cormac McCarthy when he said: “Anything that doesn’t take years of your life and drive you to suicide hardly seems worth doing.”

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