Tuesday, May 14, 2013

I Can Fly...

If A Tree Falls..., (working title,day two, painting in progress)


with color and line, but then sadly, I have to land, quiet down and make hard decisions. Verticals and horizontals playing rough with one another. Choices  to be made.  What to play up? What to play down? What to whisper and what to shout? So it goes with painting. The days that follow the first are never as much fun, yet filled with interest.


22 comments:

  1. Però è un ottimo esercizio,il risultato è decisamente armonioso!
    Brava!!
    Ciao,buona serata!

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    1. Grazie Franz. Ogni pittura è un esercizio, una sfida a migliorare. Stiamo tutti imparando sempre.

      Thanks Franz. Every painting is an exercise, a challenge to improve. We are all always learning.

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  2. My teacher would tell you to make ... a series of six .. to explore the topic at the same time, immediately see the result of a choice or the other.
    He thinks six or eight works together work better and tells me not to stop at only one job because the ideas are always multiple and must be developed with the same colors and the same mood of the mind.
    Dear Linda I tell you this idea, you'll find it useful or not. But we are also here to share experiences and points of view.
    Enjoy your flight!

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    1. A series is a great way to work. I agree with your teacher. My palette is limited--seven colors plus white and Payne's Gray. This painting is on Gallery stretched canvas 20" x 20." A series of six, all tackled at the same time, demands a much larger studio space than mine with open wall space. I am limited to three easel stations and no wall space. Ideally, open wall space fitted with a routed ledge would be perfect for following your teacher's method of experimentation and production given my preferred painting size.

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  3. Dear Linda, a series of this size, in fact it is tremendously challenging!
    From many points of view. On the level of human performance in a series like this size is very difficult to put into action! Sunday in a museum I saw a painter who has worked on 12 or 18 canvas paintings juxtaposed to form a single painting of many square meters. I wondered (I am of small stature) with scaffolding one day maybe I could paint something so??? .... and I laughed!

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    1. Sure you can. Unit paintings, as I call them are one single painting painted in individuall units that you can handle individually. The hard part is when all the units have been painted, they have to connect, unite into a single form. That requires mixing colors in large batches, so the values are consistent throughout. Sweet Choices is a 'unit' painting consisting of three unites. Four Seasons was a unit painting consisting of four pieces. Finding home,a twelve foot by seven foot painting that covers an entire wall, was done in three large panels. It's working in increments and you just keep going till the overall plan is completed. So far only one of my unit paintings lends itself to an expansion of size. Now hanging such a 'jigsaw puzzle' that's quite another challenge. (Oh, and all the panels, units, have to be numbered as to their position in the whole composition).

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  4. Its really cool to see how you are building on such a colorful wild and wonderful start!

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    1. Thanks Dan. Haven't seen you in a while. I missed you and your kind words.

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  5. Wow! Linda! This abstract is amazing and so colorful so far!...I look forward to seeing what you do next..I as well, hope to see a series..I

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    1. So far, this painting falls in what I would call my 'Woodland Series,' a series of drawings and paintings done from the landscape that is our property on a Michigan Nature Preserve. Nature has a number of different look--actually, a multitude of different vistas that prompt different handling of the paint. Some are strong like this, others more gentle like my Four Season Quadratyck. I don't know how much further I will go with this one. A fresh look today usually gives me direction--take actiion, or just a touch, or stop, you're done. I love the 'that's it, you're done' message. I am an intuitive painter through and through.

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  6. Good for you for knowing when when you are done Linda. Is there an operation I can have to get it!!!
    This is powerful and lost none of the original energy.

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    1. Only an egotistical artist would know when a painting is absolutely finished and they should walk away. Perhaps you got the wrong idea from my inadequate sentence? 'When' was left out. The sentence should have read: 'I love when the that's-it-you're-done' message pops into my head. All that really means is that it's time to walk away, put some distance/time between me and the canvas. Painting on the rush to meet a deadline is the biggest mistake you made. The frenzy to finish was stressful and made you think too much. Thinking is the worst for painting.

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  7. Wow! So strong and dynamic. Amazing!

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    1. It does have power. I don't know where that comes from other than my total frustration over my current email problem and all the hours I have spent trying to fix it with no good results. That's why I've backed off for a little bit. You shouldn't paint when angry--or maybe you should?

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  8. I get a feeling of sunshine and shadows in this one...what wonderful energy!

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    1. Lots of dark shadows and bright sunshine. Extreme contrasts are what attracts me. I think it comes from being nearsighted since I was a kid.

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  9. Linda: I hope you play up the whisper.

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    1. Some folks appreciate shouting, others like to speak softly. I'm capable of both. :-))

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  10. It looks pretty dynamic to me ... and if as tree falls, changes result... I feel a forest of changes will rumble on in this creation!!!

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    1. Not right now. I'm too hung up with an e-mail problem that doesn't seems to have a simple solution. Call out the geeks!

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  11. Love this, Linda! So much energy, such unabashed vitality, it is eager and I want to know eager for what! Love it!

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  12. WOW! I love it. Fabulous abstract Linda. Ciao.

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