Monday, August 18, 2014

Progression of a painting

I often sit down to paint and have no idea what I am "feeling" or "seeing".  It has truly been the case of late.  I started this painting and immediately it became a bouquet of flowers.

I actually liked it at this point. It reminded me of an impressionistic bouquet of flowers.  Very soft and subtle.


But then, I added and added and I hated it.


So in an attempt to rescue it, I started painting "out" things.  A heart?


Nah...wasn't feeling the heart thing.  I added in more green thinking it reminded me of a field of wild flowers now.


But, then it got very chaotic again.  I wasn't seeing enough balance and it was too much all the same size flower for me. So there it sat ~ until...


it became an owl. Of course.  She was wiser than me and knew I had to come to her slowly!




So maybe you have a painting, project, or something in your life you are trying to form.  Keep on trying and eventually it will come to you!  I think I am going to try and re-create the first bouquet and leave it alone!

14 comments:

  1. Wise words from your owl! Very wise words (and an awesome painting too!)

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  2. Wow! Thanks for sharing all of these steps, it is super helpful for those of us, who like me, feel exasperated when things don't take shape immediately.

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    1. I am so glad. I posted it to be encouraging! :)

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  3. Love the progression! and it's beautiful :)
    Deepa
    http://deepazworld.blogspot.in/

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  4. Who knew! teeheehee Your owl is so very sweet! (although I did love the first one also! ) ")

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    1. Thanks Jackie! I loved the first one as well, but I guess it wasn't meant to be!

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  5. Oh, my goodness! These are just wonderful. The texture, colors and composition are wonderful--but especially the personality you have infused into each and every painting.

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  6. Thanks so much for sharing this process - I am in the midst of such a painting now. Love your owl and loved watching the painting transform one layer at a time.

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  7. I like the richness and density..the first few remind me of the work of the Nabis...which I love.

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