Friday, July 10, 2015

Stumped and Art in the Barn

work in progress
I have this painting in progress waiting in my studio.  I began it with great enthusiasm working from a photo resource I had of a French flower market.  Soon the painting became very strong in value, much darker mood than I had initially wanted; it didn't have the light airy feeling I yearned for, the way the subject made me feel.  How does one paint a feeling? At this point, I put the photo away and let my intuition take me on a journey to find it.  That part was fun, I was able to get rid of the dark mood, and find the light airyness I was after, but I haven't wholly resolved it.  I feel a creeping sense of the dreaded 'sentimentalism'  beginning to appear...o dear.... THAT'S NOT what I'm after!
I stopped working at this point because I don't want to continue on THAT journey.   I'm still stumped.  I wont abandon it entirely, there's something I like in it...ha ha ha...any ideas? I mean it's been almost a month!! Call me impatient, but I'm at a loss.
Meanwhile, this weekend I'm at ART IN THE BARN which takes place near Smiths Falls.  Over 50 artists from RLAA will present a varied member's show.  Stop by if you're in the vicinity, would love to see you there!
It's my last art show of the summer.


  1. Hi Sally, I hope your weekend was a success!!
    I hardly dare to offer advice to someone who would wipe the floor with me when it comes to capturing light, but maybe your WIP needs something strong and darker in the background as a nice contrast to the light, pretty flowers. But just enough not to overwhelm the light airiness you are after.
    I've enjoyed catching up on your last few posts!!

    1. Hi Wendy, thankyou thankyou thankyou for taking the time to give me your two cents worth! I value it a lot. Sometimes it's just hard to see something when you've been looking at it for too long. As soon as I read your suggestion, I got an idea to add in a few dark sillouette shapes, so will tinker with it a bit more, then post again.

  2. Hi Sally,

    I like what you've done so far. Keep going.

    XOXOXOXOXO Barbara

    1. thanks Barbara, always good to get a little feedback. Appreciate it.


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