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11/15/2004: "Sleepy sleepy painter"

    Last night I stayed up way way too late working on one of the paintings for my next show, below is the aerial photograph I took that I was basing the painting on.

sandbar-lowtide (42k image)

    My first attempt at this painting did not go well at all. I thought I could get the same gist without being exact, but it didn't convey the same sense of space. So, I redid it, following the photo more closely. You'll notice purples and blues in the water areas, which come across nicely in the new painting. Also, I added in some touches of metallic bronze paint on the Raw Sienna looking mounds, to get them to glow. I also realized that the light source was coming from the right, and I hadn't added enough white to that side, which helped a lot.

    I'm happy to say that the current version of the painting looks very similar to the above photo and I really love the way it turned out. I would go so far as to say I nailed it!

    The other two paintings didn't fare quite so well. I had my first shot of spraying mineral spirits onto a glaze overlay and it ran and created rivulets exactly like I'd hoped, but I'm not sure I'm happy with the way it looks. I don't want to use a technique just because it's cool, when it doesn't really add anything to the finished piece.

    Also, I took Anna's advice from way back, and tried to add a rose colored glaze to my previous low tide painting (over the water part) to create a more unified feeling, but I think I used too much pigment and it turned out making everything too uniform and pink. I'll have to retouch the rivulets on that one.

    I had a friend over who is the new director of our Arts and Humanities Council, I really value her judgment. I told her I was thinking of smoothing out the rivulets since I wasn't sure I like how stylized I had made them, but she said if I do that, it won't be as balanced, seeing as the trees etc. are all really stylized. She has a good point. I'll need to de-emphasize all of the stylization, or just leave it alone.

tide-painting (40k image)

    Grrr, it's funny because I realized this morning that I have some half-n-half in the fridge with an expiration date later than my opening. I don't have invitations designed, I haven't written an artist statement, I have all those canvases painted white that are too wet to touch, and the few paintings I have really worked on, may end up being crap. (except for the sandbar one which I really do like).

    I ended up telling my sister Kelly in Texas that I'd help her pay for her plane ticket to Anchorage if she would go and help out my sister (who had a healthy baby boy Sat. morning) instead of me. Believe me, I would love to go, he's adorable and it would be a lot of fun, but I've simply run out of time. She's discussing it with her husband as we speak.

    You know, having a solo is a lot like going on a bender. Every time I do it I *swear* I'll never do it again. But then, a couple months later....I can't help it. why do I put myself through this?

Replies: 2 Comments

on Monday, November 15th, Anna L. Conti said

Yeah, I can identify with the "I'm never going to do this again" feeling... happens everytime.

I really like the image on the bottom of this post - great colors, nice composition and flow... and I agree that you don't need to get too realistic with the water.

on Monday, November 15th, Elise said

Thanks Anna, I feel more nervous over this show in general because it's such a departure for me. Having the time crunch and the paint that won't dry doesn't help.

I have two more solos and 1 group show that I'm committed to already, but after that I'm going to take a break. "and I mean it this time!"

:laugh: (this is a hysterical out of control laugh like when you're on the edge of having a break down)