Monday, May 5, 2014

It Stopped Raining

Rain, 36" x 60", oil

Rain, the photograph I used as reference. What I liked about it was the underlying grid that
the heavy rain  made on the windowpane that made the forms melt and the colors run.
Talk about photographing art. What a bitch this one was.  I spent the weekend getting it to the observational state of finish and couldn't get a decent shot, till I brought the picture plane  perpendicular to the floor and bounced my studio lighting. (The weather was too wet. The painting was too wet to go out under open sky no matter the weather).    Now that I know about ColorMunki, I was thinking about it the whole time, but this photo is as good as it gets.  I stand behind it.
I'm pretty satisfied with Rain. But it really cost me some paint!  I kept thinking about epoxy paints, the stuff that comes in gallons, as I kept tossing out empty tubes. 

In a summer downpour, the woods really look spectacular. 

 

19 comments:

  1. I can say with quiet certainty that this painting was well worth every ounce of energy poured into it and every tube of paint used! It's wonderful, wonderful, wonderful, Linda! Bravo!

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    1. Thank you so much Susan. Ellis says he doesn't know why I bother trying to master portraiture when abstraction is my cup of tea. Portraiture and figurative drawing is the ultimate drawing/painting challenge. The best abstractions come from a sound background in drawing. The two genres go well with one another. Particularly if you're attracted to the gestural portraiture style, which I am. Thank you again. I really appreciate your kind words. Next: Wildfire!

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  2. I like this abstract a lot, lovely colors and structures, well done.

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    1. Thanks a lot Roger. Means a lot coming from you. I'm so happy about your recent success. Many more to come no doubt.

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  3. LOVE, LOVE this painting, Linda! this is a gorgeous abstract painting...I can see that its going to look perfect on the wall!! Nice colors!!!

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    1. Thanks Hilda. I wish I had a wall for it.

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  4. Wow Linda, this painting is stunning!! So much depth and atmosphere!

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    1. Thanks Wendy. It took a lot of paint and time to build up. My Color chart project helped a lot. Not only did I discover the hues I needed, but no hue mixed for the charts was wasted. A series of lovely grays developed that contributed to the blurriness I wanted.

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  5. Naturally - you know I would like this one because I love the breaking up of solid form. I find your color choices emotionally appealing with placements of the cool colors next to that dominate, yellowy green.
    Too much paint ? Never!

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    1. I'm just not used to using tube paints. I bought acrylics ready mixed in jars, then mixed my liquid palette colors in small containers. If I needed to darken or lighten a color, then I used a palette. Squeezing out little dabs so many times made me aware of just how much paint I was using.

      I kept thinking about your gadget often. :-))

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  6. You captured the sense of rain beautifully, Linda!!! And gave it a warmth that I love. As for photographing paintings .... AAAARRGGHHHHHHH!!!!!

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    1. Thanks Katherine. I really did need oils for this one. Acrylics wasn't doing it--hard edges on the strokes, colors too lively. Not soft enough. Doing these charts and learning how to mix these soft, colors made,e pull it out from storage. The slowly drying and blending features of oil fit the needs of my image. Oils was the right choice.

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    2. It really did work BEAUTIFULLY!!!

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  7. Always nice to see your artistic evolution, follow your thoughts.
    I really love your acrylic so materic where, at every moment of your life you may have added (or removed) something.
    This life-action-painting is a wonderful gift, dear Linda, your misterious and powerful art!!!
    Pride and maybe a bit struggle, these works are really impressive, as they are born, how they evolve and what they tell.
    I wish you beautiful days in the studio with your "square-test" so colorful and cheerful.
    Promise of future beauty, for new life-action-painting from you.

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    1. Almost done with the squares, but I do have another unfinished acrylic painting in storage that crys out for oils and all I've learned about them from my color charts. Work goes on. Life in the studio is busy. I am involved and in love. Great times. Thanks Rita.

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  8. I absolutely love this painting! The colors, the design, just everything about it. I had to tweet it. Having tried this style before I know how hard it is. Congratulations. It's superb.

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  9. It is a gorgeous painting! Congratulations! I saw an article about the artist Ken Auster ...he paints with big gallons of oil paint and actually paints with his gloved hands. ....just scooping paint out of the buckets with his hands! Can you imagine his paint bill??

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  10. meant to add...you rain painting has a wonderful meditative quality. It has serenity.

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  11. What a lovely painting! The colours and composition are superb !!!

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