Recent work: knowing when to stop

Fish a la Orange

It is snowing here, has been since early morning. So, we are holed up and, since it is the weekend, there is no point doing anything more on the project list until Monday. Just for fun, I started a charcoal of a fish on a 19 by 26 inch sheet. That’s it above. One of the things that you need to know if you are going to make art is when to stop. Calder, when asked when he knew a piece was done, was said to have replied, “When it’s dinnertime.” It is not dinnertime here yet, but I am told that there is tea. And, I also happen to know that there are cookies. So, this fish is finished.
It is done with charcoal and sanguine Conte stick, worked with a piece of chamois. Chamois is highly recommended for dry color such as Conte, charcoal and pastels.


About mmgilbert

I have been drawing and painting all my life. Now part of the “New Symbolist” movement which encompasses both Goth, fantasy and tattoo art as well as the century-old work of Odilon Redon, I focus on archetypal and mythic imagery to evoke emotional themes and to reference darker fantasies. I have an abiding interest in figurative drawing, working on paper and exploring new ways to handle traditional materials. I studied with Edward Millman, a WPA muralist; at Purchase College; and at the Art Students League in New York.
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