Thursday, August 18, 2011

Finished painting "Summer's Music" and Other things

Summer's Music 20x26 oil on linen
Thank you all so much for the nice comments on this painting!  Yeah.  I had thought about using it for my painting for the AWA show in Atlanta in October but I have one more idea for a larger piece that I might try first....this is the finish.  I've been looking at it for a while on my easel to make sure it's ok.  It's so hard for me to even know if I think it is show worthy amidst so many other wonderful paintings.  And of course to sell it would be nice.  :)  At any rate, thank you for the comments.  I added a couple more flowers because I felt the painting needed them on the right side above the pitcher.  It felt too bare there, in fact my husband mentioned that too so we were both thinking it.  But now I am thinking I might remove the blue plumbago on the sheet music but haven't decided yet.  I took this photo outside, inside, and all around trying to get the best color naturally.  Just so happens that one of Robert Genn's latest letters was on taking photos.  Here is the link if you would like to read that "clickback" of his on how to do that.  Thanks again all...and as always for visiting my blog!  Happy Trails!

Oh, if anyone is interested in a Clyde Aspevig book...check out the Autry Museum.  www.theautry.org. I found one that I thought was out of print, Elemental Solitude.  If you don't know who Clyde Aspevig is, well he taught Scott Christensen and Matt Smith.  Google him..you'll be amazed!  Click those links to see.

Have a blessed day!

PS  Back to painting a few small studies to finish my 50/50 project next week for a day or two.  :)

Saturday, August 13, 2011

New painting I am working on

This is a painting I am working on .  I hope to finish it tomorrow or Monday.  Wish me luck!  Or better yet, say a prayer for me!  :)  Have a great Sunday....






Summer's Music (if I finish it satisfactorily)
20x16


Thanks for visiting my blog as always!



Wednesday, August 03, 2011

Periwinkles

Periwinkles  8x8 oil on gallery wrap
Oh the joys and headaches of painting....somedays it's there and others it's just not.  Somedays I think I would have been better off using my painting as target practice!  Ever feel that way?  The creative process is something that is so abstract and undefinable that it's virtually impossible (for me at least) to put it into words.  I found a blog thanks to my friend Wanda and was reading it last night that more appropriately states what I am feeling right now.  The artist basically states how absurd it seems what we spend our time, days, hours doing this thing and that the creative process can be maddening.


There is an art… or rather, a knack to flying. The knack lies in learning how to throw yourself at the ground and miss.
He continues with one of the best descriptions of art-making I have every heard:
The first part is easy. All it requires is simply the ability to throw yourself forward with all your weight, and the willingness not to mind that it’s going to hurt. That is, it’s going to hurt if you fail to miss the ground. Most people fail to miss the ground, and if they are really trying properly, the likelihood is that they will fail to miss it fairly hard. Clearly, it is the second part, the missing, which presents the difficulties.

If you would like to read the blog in it's entirety:  The blog and art photography of Daniel Sroka. 

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