Wednesday, March 13, 2013

No Poinsettias on The Hearth

Poinsettias,  oil, 8 x 10"
I stepped into the studio for the first time in a week and almost stepped back out. The amount of clean up needed at the charcoal/pastel station was overwhelming. Pastel dust was everywhere, as were pieces of chalk from this set and that. It took a while and a lot of grumbling to sort things out. But I did. I was determined to knock off an oil painting today. Here it is:  off the top of my head from memory, Poinsettias. I didn't buy any this last holiday season--nor did I the season before. Actually, I can't remember the last time I had poinsettias on the hearth--maybe that's why this winter season was so glum? As Passover approaches, it seems I have passed over my slump.  Happy Holidays!

NOTE:  The oils I used were the oils that were left on my palette from when I finished this little girl on January 22nd.  After being frozen all that time, they were as fresh as when I squeezed them out. Cool.

20 comments:

  1. Poinsettias, one of my favorite flowers! I love the buttery cream colors you used. Glad to be back from vacation and catching up with your posts.

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    1. Mine too. I only like white poinsettias though, and the last few seasons, I didn't see the big, healthy bushes that growers offered previously, so I bought nothing. This little painting took me about forty minutes, (including the wipe up of the painting medium I spilled all over). Photographically and computer translated here, it looks like it could use some definition and more highlights, but as it, it was a successful step back to painting. Today was a positive day. Welcome back Helen.

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  2. Spring comes here with difficulty... but is coming like every year. Our bone joints are waiting ...We will be better,we will do many things. Maybe in the future we complain that it will be SO hot!
    As happened last summer ... days and days of African heat,.. but I must say that the bone joints were not too bad!
    Dear Linda,I'm so happy for your return to work in the studio (and in the garden testerday).

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    1. A hot shower first thing in the morning gets this body moving a little easier, so I know what you mean. I'm even thinking of following my father in law's sister's advice: two aspirins before bed and you wake up pain-free. I am hoping that a year from April joint pain will ease up even more. That's when I stop the aromatase drug. that will be the end of that five year treatment.

      How's Danilo?

      It was good getting back to the studio. I planned on doing a little landscape, but I found these poinsettias already drawn out in acrylic, and the palette was still loaded with colors from the girl. I took advantage. The little picture looks like it needs some defining, but maybe next Christmas? :-))

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  3. Love your poinsettias, Linda...!! The painting of the little girl is so beautiful, as well...!! As far as cleaning up your room because of pastels...Well,I feel like I'm always cleaning up my room as well. The pastels go ALL over the place...that's the only thing I don't like about pastels.

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    1. I couldn't believe how far the dust traveled. It's how I came across this little canvas already drawn in. That's a bit too much for me. You must wear a mask Hilda! You know you're breathing it in. With paint, the spots on the floor, walls and floor are visible and can be easily wiped up or scrubbed off, but pastel dust is invisible. I think air filtration is needed in a pastel studio.

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  4. C'est une très jolie note que celle de vos poinsettias...
    Il est juste que la poussière du pastel est salissant... lorsqu'on peut travail à l'extérieur, c'est formidable.
    Je trouve votre portrait merveilleux.
    Gros bisous

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    1. I had only worked outside with pastels before this year. After seeing all the dust all over, I will only work with them outside period. Thank you Martine. I'll probably buy poinsettias next season to get the finer details if I'm not onto something else? I'm guessing I'll be on to something else. :-))

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  5. I love the beautiful shapes in your "out of your head" painting! I am not a poinsettia fan (probably because my birthday is near Christmas and I hated poinsettias on my cake! lol!) despite all that...THESE poinsettias are really lovely. You may have actually cured me.

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    1. It's okay as a painting, it's great as a step forward. I only like white ones. The red ones are gaudy-- and I'm really not that fond of the Christmas season either. Now, I'm going to have to buy a plant next season to finish this painting--or not. :-))

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  6. I like the graphic and abstract qualities in this one. Happy painting.

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    1. I was thinking of you while I painted. What would Roger do with this? Add more color, but unlike acrylics, which would have dried quickly, I had to leave the oils to set overnight before adding any more paint.

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  7. Good you are back in the studio, it's good to wake after hibernation! The painting is a brilliant start....out of your head!? Then it is amazing. I wish I could have watched you do that!

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    1. Yes. The painting doesn't matter. What matters was that I was there to paint it. :-))

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  8. Wat een mooi fijn schilderijtje heb je gemaakt zo vertederend lieve groetjes Danielle

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    1. Thanks Danielle. I'll have to put in the finishing details next time I can buy a white poinsettia plant.

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  9. Wonderful brush work in this piece.

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    1. The only thing not boring about that painting is that I finally painted something Mick. But it's nice of you to say.

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  10. What a beautiful composition, Linda. I like every brush strokes of this painting. Ciao!

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    1. I'm glad somebody does. It could use a bit more definition and shadows, but I'll wait till next Christmas when I can buy a plant and finish this up from life, not memory.

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