Paintings by Neil Conrad
5Nov/09

vanity

after sunday painter I really freaked and figured I'd never paint anything anywhere near as good... and most everything looked like mud.  then last thursday something happened and voilà!  I'd been wanting to paint along these lines for a long time, I really don't know how I managed to get it off but I think I killed a brush in the process.

this little piece is from yesterday morning.  I'd been feeling very particular about the color of the grounds and finding zero satisfaction so I used black gesso for this in the hopes of painting my way out of the darkness.  it kind of worked but I think the painting looks better in the photo than in life.