Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Lake Walk

Lake Walk, 7 x 5", pastel
reference photo

A little more free and easy today. Subject more my style. If anything has lines and broken  positive and negative spaces, it's for me. --Find of finds: a brand new box of pastel pencils just sitting on a shelf. They must be fifty years old? For this little gem, pencils were more appropriate in the finish than sticks. Line are lake grasses.  Again, I pushed the color.

38 comments:

  1. Difficile da realizzare questo intrico di rami,splendido lavoro!
    Buona serata!!

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    1. Yes and no. If you want to copy the photograph exactly, yes. If not, no. I was interested in the patches of snow between the lake and the clearing where I was standing. Good evening to you too Franz.

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  2. For me, there can never be enough color. I would love to name this.

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    1. Be my guest. I'm terrible at titles. Color is a celebration of life.

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    1. Thanks Casey! The last subject wasn't me. I didn't feel it; there was nothing in that scene that moved me. Wild terrain grabs my interest at first sight. I also did not use a colored sanded paper, just the normal stuff.

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  4. Very nice! I find my eye travels around on the lines of color.

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    1. Thanks Stephanie. I felt much more in my element with this one. The interesting thing I learned from the last one was: I do like roads and paths that lead the eye.

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  5. Ermergersh!! Lake Walk is gorgeous!!!!! I am in love with it. :)

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    1. Thanks Crystal. Like I said, I was in my (noisy element)--lots of movement going this way and that--lots of noise. The last one was a bit too quiet for me. Nothing going on, but three spots of color. I should try that one again. It was those spots that intrigued me...

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  6. Nice. There's so much good stuff going on in this. I'm really admiring the attitude going on, like as if you cared up to a point and then just let her rip with no mind. The other series of the Road Home is like this too. The pieces stand well on their own like they should. Best.

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    1. The best to you too Bill. I really enjoyed seeing and hearing the sounds in your head and have been contemplating how I would illustrate the sounds in my head. I might have to make a CD this summer when the crickets sing by the thousands in the woods behind our house. That would be cool. I think I'd allow my pen to move with the sounds on its own with no thinking. Is that what you did?

      Me and saplings and dead, fallen trees and grasses were tied together in some other world. I feel at home with those forms. The joy shows in the colors, which were close to primary. Subliminal signs? Could be.

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    2. The origin of the work you're speaking of goes back to my student days when everything about life was beat to death with logic, analysis, planning, decisions, on and on. Enough, I thought, and began to consciously find ways to defeat all that--shut it down, and have at a session of no thinking--or no mind. I began to just scribble for long lengths of time. The useless thought processes abated eventually, leaving only those humming sounds, and a deteriorated piece of paper shining with graphite and going fast. I never knew if the result was art, but it sure imbued my life with a sense of having done something vital. This is starting to sound blogworthy--perhaps I'll continue it over there with some visuals. Meantime, your idea about moving with the sounds of a cricket cacophony are way cool. I'm liable to try that too. What an adventure. We'll compare notes.

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  7. This is very expressive and looks like it is on fire, well done.

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    1. For such a cold scene. I guess I'm painting a wish fulfillment? Thanks Roger.

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  8. Dear Linda, is this is the GREAT way YOU interpret things, as well the paintings that you have painted acrylic on winter,for energy composition ,shapes and colors!
    I guess the joy of spring when it ends a so tough winter like this where you live!
    I hope that your health increases more and more...

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    1. My health is okay--I'd say great--but I'd be lying. Now that my knee is fixed and I stopped taking Celebrex, an anti inflamatory that upset my stomach, it seems the knee was just one of my arthritic problems. Joint aches have become very noticeable. I'm hoping those will go away when I am finally free of that anti-estrogen pill I'm taking as the last of my cancer treatments--unfortunately that doesn't happen till next year(joint pain is a side effect of Arimidex). Until then, I'm always on the move. Sitting still is not good for osteoarthritis; rigamortis sets in. (The depletion of estrogen increases joint pain as every woman knows who is post menopausal. What a shite design we girls have). I am lucky I have a high tolerance for pain.

      My winter path to the lake is a lot more colorful than the truth. I'll attempt it again today to see how my mood has changed. We're snowed in. I thought I'd take a jaunt out there and take a few photo sketches of this same path. I'm at home at my easel when contemplating the woods. Tree forms fascinate me, but then they are sculptural, my first love.

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    2. I well understand what you tell me! A world of beauty and colors ,now can help us to live BETTER!

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    3. Absolutely. I am always lifted up to another place when I'm painting where time flies.

      Don't misunderstand me Rita. I am very well. I am just anxious to be done with these pills. I'm sure my complaints will disappear. The achy side effect of the medication is well known. They wanted to put me on another pill to take care of the side effect,but I turned it down. Enough is enough. I'll wait it out.

      Your promotion was clever and charming. it was sweet of you to reward the runner ups. Artwork Notes are a good idea. I've designed my own to use for all occasion cards.

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  9. I love your gestural style and limited palette! Beautiful and so effective.

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    1. That about sums me up. Thank you Katharine. Five by seven was doable with my discovery of those pencils from student days. Snowed in, I think I go for another pass today.

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  10. Ik vind het heel goed gelukt lieve groetjes Danielle

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    1. Groeten Danielle. Dank u voor uw vriendelijke woorden.

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  11. Hi Linda, I really like these kind of subjects, the way you painted them is insuperable. I remain enchanted to see how you transform a relatively simple subject into a work of art. Great!

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    1. The same way you do Tito. We see with our hearts. Thank you.

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  12. Nice contrast between warm and cool in this.

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    1. Contrast Mick is the story of all our lives. My contrasts usually involve the primaries moved towards earth tones. So what do you think that means? Thanks Mick. Yesterday's efforts were very satisfying.

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  13. Love the colors in the grasses and the way they just flow!

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    1. Thanks Dan. Today's attempt wasn't successful--but then the reference wasn't as good as I thought it was.

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  14. This is truly a beautiful pastel, Linda...I love the colors and light in this pastel painting...lots of movement as well....LOVE it!!

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    1. Thank you Hilda. The colors are definitely exaggerated and I chopped down a few trees, but mostly I learned I really don't like a lot of white in a painting--too dead.

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  15. Simply BEAUTIFUL, Linda!!! I keep going back to look at it - gorgeous work!!!

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    1. Thanks Kathryn. I wasn't having as much fun as you were. I love Bubble Gum Pig. What a nice uplifting painting. Outstanding.

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    2. Stop ... my head is swelling ... aaahhhhhh ...

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  16. I agree with Hilda! I also love the colors and the light!
    Nice LInda!
    Michael

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    1. Thanks Michael. They are better than the colorless world that is really out there.

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  17. Now this I like very much, warm and cool colors. Your brushstrokes are loose and that yellow lights up the whole painting. Splendid!

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    1. Thanks Helen. Me too. I much prefer warm than the cold we've been having. That yellow should be blue, but my painting,my colors--anything to lift the spirits. I did see a robin though--and his breast was red.

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