an underpainting is raw. an authentic beginning, an authentic step in heading to a “finished” product. often i am the one who asks david to stop…stop here. there is something that speaks to me from the canvas of underpaintings. something that says, “look. i am here. i am not perfect. i am not done. but i exist.”
maybe it’s the connection to real life, to humanness – the not-done-ness, the not-perfect-ness, the here-existence – that appeals to me.
it is a suggestion of completeness, but not yet really measurable or judgeable. it is a tendency toward finished, but not contrived or overly-intended. it is a step in the direction of a painting that an artist deems done, but a step, a ‘done’, we each see through our own eyes.
it is a parallel of life. a start. a blank canvas. raw color. authentic steps. imperfect. not done. but here.
©️ 2020 david robinson