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Saturday, October 23, 2010

Works in Progress

I was reading an article about the artist, Karin Jurik, in the latest issue of Southwest Art. In it Karin mentioned how she completes a painting a day because she gets bored with a painting if she has to keep coming back to it. I found this an interesting perspective, because as I have mentioned, I get bored with the larger pieces myself. Here are two that fit this criteria. The alley painting below is relatively new as I started this piece in late August. It isn't that large, being 20" x 30" and technically, I should have been able to finish it by now. My thought is to "rip" through it quickly when I get back from my trip to California to wrap it up. It needs some life breathed into it. This past weekend I did a 14x18 study in less than 2 hours so that is what I need to do with this piece. Wake it up a bit as the values are pretty much in place.
Alameda Alley, 20" x 30"
The French Waiters I began over a year ago and just recently got it out to see where I wanted to go with it. It hasa complimentary color scheme going on (blue and orange) which for the most part is working. I need to decide once and for all if I want to show tiles on the back wall or get rid of them. I have gone back and forth more than once now it is time to just be rid of them. I think they take away from the center of interest. I do like the light aiming down, so I will keep that. I want to pull the most forward plate out more (more light on it) to draw the viewer into the work area. Once those items are tidied up I will reevaluate to see if that takes care of my dissatisfaction with this piece. Any other suggestions or observations are most welcome.
French Waiters, 24" x 24"


Aloha Sistah said...

The two pieces featured in this posting were so dichotomous. The alley painting so still. The French waiters painting so intense. The ability to distill a moment in time on canvas is a wonder to the likes of me. I leave you to fret over the details of execution so I can just sit back and enjoy your handiwork.

victoriasart said...

And fret I do. A reader of this post told me that I should focus more on people, that she believes that is my subject of strength. And that she is not the only one who thinks so. Oh my.