Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Zinnias And The Tote Bag I couldn't Lose

Zinnias, Acrylics, 20 x 20, 2009, SOLD


Zinnias, painted from life in 2009, (it was my year to experiment with mixed bouquets in my flower boxes), sold in 2011, recalled when sighted in a Picasa Album.  Made me think I had a lot more fun with paint before I got so damn  serious about it.

When I did this painting, I never got to the point where I felt it was successful, so I just stopped picking at it, signed it, stuck it in storage--and sold it  two years later  to a woman, who fell in love with it and five others. It was the largest art sale I ever made.

Tote, Watercolor, 10" x 7"


Not feeling like concentrating on any painting in progress and not having the energy to start anything new, I have been doodle my handbag from life with watercolors and watercolor markers off and on over the last couple of days.  Yesterday, I thought I had finally obliterated my stupid subject. I had moved into the realm of free association.  Yet, when I photographed the painting this morning and rotated the painting 360 degree around to see what I could see,  there was only one view: my tote bag looking much more interesting than ever.


 

21 comments:

  1. Mooie kleuren krijg je een warm gevoel van Linda lieve groetjes Danielle

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    1. Gratis en gemakkelijk doet het Danielle. Dank

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  2. Love, love love those Zinnias! It is glorious! The 'eye' on the tote bag, though is very spooky!

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    1. The Zinnias nearly tore me apart; I was never satisfied and shocked when that woman chose it. As for the tote, these have been three spooky weeks. What can you expect. The point was I made an attempt. I seem to be turned off right now. There's no thing and no one I am hot to paint. Hows's that portrait coming?

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  3. I know that we both suffers from "over thinking" sometimes. It is hard to find the balance between control and letting go. ;)

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    1. It was that way for me then. Now, I am less involved. I paint till I've gotten what I want from it, which has more to do with curiosity than finish. Bear in mind the difference between us. You have the time to carve a career from your beautiful work; I am not going anywhere with my art as a "career." It's purely for my own satisfaction. Big difference. I had fun with both of these paintings. They were no big deal. I think I sold the Zinnias for two hundred USD? I was happy. I thought it sucked. Today, I see the joy in the painting, in the work--overworked or not. i think I'm mellowing out.

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  4. Painting was so much easier before we started trying to figure it out.
    Kathryn

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    1. I absolutely agree. Too much thinking and not enough responding intuitively as the picture makes its demands.

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  5. Love the zinnias! And the tote bag too! No thinking is good! :)

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  6. The zinnias look joyful.

    I am seeing a face in the new watercolor.

    As you heal, your energy and enthusiasm will come back.

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    1. Sharon Wright saw an eye. I saw nothing. I'm not in a rush to get back to painting. I think I'm percolating. What I have no idea.

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  7. Although I congratulate your on your sales, I find that my recent sales have caused me some concern and some difficulty at the easel. Figure that one out. I think its because I have always painted for myself - for the joy and the passion and because its what I want to do. But now that I am involved with galleries, I sometimes wonder who it is that I am painting for. None of my galleries have ever put any pressure on me - no doubt its all in my own head. But somehow, its different now.

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    1. That's exactly why I never pursued this ability. Ironically, these five years have revealed that portraiture, a genre that depends on the client's approval, is my strong point. I have to do more playing around. :-))

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  8. I find it a pleasure to visit and FEAST on the wonderful colors and shapes.
    I understand your taking a break after being as sick as you were. Takes a while to pick up after that. I do get it that ideas will be percolating.... because never a dull moment in your mind!

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    1. Hope you're better. We're sort of better. Ellis is still coughing a little and is listless. I'm reading that book and cooking batches of stuff to make meals less a chore. The book is very odd, a comedy about the the madness painting caused the impressionists particularly ultramarine blue. It's a mystery which begins on the death of Vincent who didn't shoot himself, but rather was shot by The Colorman. Toulouse Lautrec is the investigator. It isn't a page turner, but is just a using enough to wile away sometime while percolating, or, as my husband describes it " taking a vacation." All hard workers need one every now and then. My tote really sucks, plus what kind of subject is that? A filler. Take care.

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  9. OMG I am just about to write how much I love the tote when I see your comment above that it "sucks"..lol! Really, I just love it. I couldn't see it for a few seconds and then it came into view. I guess that is why I like it so well, because it was a surprise to see it when I saw it..and what delicious colors. I hope you are feeling better now....are you? Did you finish your book?

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    1. I did. And while the author knew a lot about the temperament of artists and a brilliant idea that was well written, I only gave Sacre Bleu a two star rating on Amazon. The book went on forever and yes, I could put it down in favor of watching whatever afternoon, happy-go-lucky movie I could find. We're better I think? The cough comes and goes, but is mostly gone and our energy is slowly coming back. We managed to go out for lunch Friday, a first is three weeks! Today, I painted, a first in maybe six weeks! Good signs. Thanks for asking.

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  10. You know I'm going to love the zinnias before I open my mouth even. I had no idea what a tote was until I read on a bit, but I saw the face particularly one eye ... which must be me over-thinking it :0)

    Sorry you're in the doldrums, hopefully the summer will recharge your batteries. Have a look at this video it might cheer you up https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X2frYlqLbAI

    Kathryn, from Studio on the farm, pointed me at Paul Dmoch and I think this is where I should go ...pen & ink and paint ...so exciting

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    1. Yes, pen and ink and watercolor, always a good mix. I'm feeling a bit more upbeat since we went out to lunch on Friday. Aside from the cold that would not quit, I was being puled down by cabin fever. It was great seeing other folks.

      I hated those zinnias when I painted them. I actually hate all the flowers I paint. I think no painting does a flower justice. I'm glad that lady liked them and got them out of my studio. Had they stayed there, hey would have been obliterated one day in a frustrated frenzy.

      How's your studio coming along? I envy you the project. I love planning a construction and then seeing it materialize. It'll be a proud moment when you set up your easels.

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  11. I love the bold happy colors of these two paintings and the texture of the first one. You said something so true, we have more fun when we don't get too serious , in this case about painting...but maybe it counts for everything. Wish you well.

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