Friday, October 29, 2010
Back to the "redemption" part of this painting. If you read my last post, you'll know some paintings are more challenging than others. The challenges are sometimes induced by myself and my wanting to "control" the direction of the painting. Then there are paintings, such as this one, that I can't help but jump up and down and pump my fists, all while whispering under my breath "YES!!!". I vowed to keep things simple and loose before attempting this piece, choosing a limited palette and preserving the white of the paper for the barn.
I believe I was successful.
Thanks to all who frequent my blog.
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Thursday, October 21, 2010
I still think my darkest values are lacking. I'm also frustrated by the left garage door....I can't seem to push it back behind the tree. The left window has also been troublesome. It's suppose to be open, but it almost looks bowed.
This painting will most likely sit in my closet for awhile. If I'm not happy with it, I can't justify giving it away for the sake of gift giving. I am still open to suggestions, but I certainly don't want to "beat a dead horse".
Time to move on.......
And again, many thanks to all who provided wonderful and helpful suggestions. Even though I can't walk away from this one feeling satisfied, I've walked away with additional knowledge to take to my next painting.
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
I'm hoping I can get the help of some of my fellow "blogger artists" to provide words of advice before I change my mind and end up with a gift card instead of a painting as a gift. Right now I feel I have a very flat painting with little to no interest or focal point.....I'm just not feeling it.
(I don't think the recipient frequents my blog, at least I hope they don't, this week especially, in case this painting ends up in my recycle file.)
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
Feeling like I may have gone past the point of no return, I had to lift off some of the darker values. This resulted in nice leaf shapes in the negative background space.
At times I have to listen to that little voice in my head saying "Put down the loaded brush and back away from the painting."
Friday, October 8, 2010
I've discovered I really enjoy creating backgrounds in which things that weren't in the original sketch appear through multiple washes and the painting of negative shapes. For example, indications of leaves and stems are appearing in this one. I've yet to master this technique and it just seems to happen in some of my floral paintings. I believe the lost and found edges make it really interesting for the viewer.
At any rate, I am at the mid-way point with this piece and hope to build more of the darker values which hopefully will bring out the highlights in the petals.
Tuesday, October 5, 2010
Her attitude did not deter me from the show ring. But once again, as the other pleasure horses loped and jogged quietly around the arena, Geishia would defiantly throw her head and nervously prance and gallop. Don’t get me wrong, I always maintained control of my steed, I was just always in fast-forward with her.
We did have a few successes, one being the showmanship class, where the rider presents their horse from the ground. We were able to secure a spot at the Ohio State Fair and ended up placing in our class. It was a defining moment for both of us.
Geishia was “my horse” for several years before the time came to sell her. I visited her once after she went to her new owner. She didn’t appear as big as I had remembered her. However, it had been awhile since I last saw her and I had grown taller so I was no longer looking up at her. I was now eye to eye with her. Age had definitely mellowed Geishia…no longer the fiery mare she use to be. But she will always be lovingly remembered as “My Horse”.