I am an artist, not a writer. My Intent is not to educate, enlighten or inspire but rather to clarify my motivations to myself. I find that when I write down the thoughts and reasons that I take certain paths, it helps me to avoid repeating the same mistakes over and over again. Let's face it, authentic work evolves through a series of mistakes, lessons learned and options eliminated.

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Refining Succotash

After living with this painting for a while and reading the positive comments of other artists, I came to the conclusion that I liked this piece. As often is the case, I felt the need to push it just a little farther. I played with the relationship between foreground and background and gave the surface texture a little more complexity and maturity. I decided to fuse the strong white strokes into their surroundings with some intermediate areas to create a little more atmosphere. The resulting changes are subtle but just enough to allow this piece to speak to me.

I am very grateful for this digital age and to the artists who are willing to give their opinions and feedback about my work. It gives me valuable incentive and helps to produce thoughtful art. I would be very interested to hear any comments relating to the changes in this image pro and con.

“Succotash” 31”x 38”
polished cement & dry pigment on panel
(click to enlarge)


  1. Very nicely done William. Softening the white lessens the contrast, making it easier to focus on the whole painting, while still showing the exuberance of Succotash!

  2. Thank you Carole, I totally agree.

  3. Very nice update. This piece is much stronger than it was before.

  4. Thanks Ben for visiting my blog!

  5. You have a very powerful style of work, Liked it a lot!

  6. Thank you Debu! I found your blog very interesting and plan on spending time there.

  7. Мне показалось, что Вы работаете не с цементом, а с гипсом. Уж очень быстро происходит процесс отвердения. Или я не прав?

  8. Я использую очень быстро цемент. Она устанавливает примерно за 20 минут. Иногда я использую пластырь тоже.


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