Wednesday, October 3, 2007
All That I Have to Give is Yours
Alright...it's time. I'm finished with four large paintings. This was the first one completed. The size is 4' X 3'. The size was challenging but exciting. The color is different than I had first intended, more happy than reverent. I'm thinking that that fits what I wanted this painting to be about, she is happily giving all she has to give. The three butterflies I painted from my dad's butterfly collection. I think it's good to paint from life sometimes instead of pictures. There are subtleties there that are missed in a photo. Plus, when something scrap only comes from a photo, it seems to me that the part that I love best, the feeling part...where I paint from inside of me is strained. On the other hand, I am often held back by drawing problems, goofy proportions, that could be eliminated by tracing.
Re: the churning and burning that I had the other night. That painting is still on the easel. I'm struggling with it. I was hoping that it would be one of those magic pieces that sort of appear beyond my limitations but...that just can't be forced. Sigh...going to work on it now.