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Monday, January 23, 2012

Landscape, fits and starts

no title
oil on canvas
24 x 36

This painting started as something different; eventually evolved to this.  It changed because I didn't like where it was going.  At all.  Unfortunately Fortunately I don't have the beginnings painting documented.  I was so frustrated with how the painting looked that I was going to put a coat of color over it and start fresh with an entirely new piece. 
Instead I took a lithography pencil, palette knife, cut up credit card, an oil pastel, an old stiff paint brush and started drawing and scratching into the painting.  Which felt very good.
I began to like what was happening.  Energy was entering the piece. 
I rode the coat-tails of that energy and kept painting, feeling right about the new direction.
In the end, I find myself looking at the painting often.  Enjoying the layers of color, the leftover scratches and pencil marks. 

Here is a close up which shows detail and the subsequent layering of color and texture that happened after I almost scrapped the painting.

Title ideas anyone?


  1. Beautiful--like a band of gold running through it.

  2. Thanks Hallie.
    A funny thing about the gold, it's more obvious to me in the photo than in real life. I don't like the photo, but I like the painting. go figure.

  3. I know what you mean. My last two postings had a tiny bit of yellow--the photos made it much more intense. I tried several fixes--even re-photographed; nothing worked.

  4. A title? "Barking Up the Right Tree"

  5. wow, very nice...

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  6. Very nice color. Title!! How about Colors of Mother Nature.

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  8. Haha how about energy? Nah. Love the colors.