Fiddlesticks

Fiddlesticks 12-2-12

Fiddlesticks

8″ x 8″ (20 x 20 cm) oil on gessobord panel

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The whole time I was painting Fiddlesticks I was remembering “Odessa Tales” by Isaac Babel. If you haven’t read this, hurry – you are in for a treat … you can thank me later. It is better in Russian, that being the original language, but the English translation is very good too. I bought the English version for my husband who does not speak Russian and he laughed his head off from cover to cover :). He is still quoting from it all these years later. Anyway, “Odessa Tales” was the originating influence for this painting.

I did not have any major painting discoveries during this work. I did confirm for myself that my homemade medium recipes work better for me than various readymade mediums from the store. I make a Lean medium for my first color pass and a Fat one for my second and later passes. Now I have a collection of fancy brand mediums that I don’t use anymore.

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    xlancelot December 3, 2012

    got the square. great!

  2. Reply
    Carol King December 6, 2012

    Great painting! Will have to check out Odessa Tales, sadly in English as I don’t speak Russian either. What are these mediums you speak of? Tell me more.

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    lesliepaints February 28, 2013

    Fantastic!!!!

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