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It’s Still Not a Painting

June 5, 2009

Yesterday and the day before I worked just a little bit on the painting in progress that I’ve been showing. I had put it aside for a couple of days without working on it.

The more I looked at it, the more I knew I would have to lose the yellow swirls. Meanwhile, I got a phone call from my friend Dina, who gave me an honest critique and it turns out she didn’t like the yellow swirls either. She was almost apologetic, but I kept reassuring her that I welcome critiques. In fact, I value them. For the record, Dina, and to set your mind at ease, I had already said I didn’t feel it was “finished.”

I know it still isn’t finished, but here’s what I’ve done. I applied a swoosh of light molding paste over the yellow swirls and let that dry for 24 hours. Then I decided that area should be blue-green. With the brush that was still wet with the blue-green color, I toned down some of the surround areas.

The difference in sheen is just because of a slight difference in the lighting of the two photo shoots.

Don’t be surprised if this one changes completely. I have a great foundation of texture, so anything could happen.

WIP 0605

12 Comments leave one →
  1. June 5, 2009 3:50 pm


  2. gem13 permalink
    June 5, 2009 4:00 pm

    Cant wait to see where you take this one. It was a good call of Dina’s i think. I am intrigued you are ‘toning’ down areas whereas your intent was over the top colour and contrasts… I can so relate to the artist’s dilemma and the edge of unsure.

    its a good thing of course … keeps us edgy (in art) … always lovely keeping up with you >>> Gina

  3. sherrill pearson permalink
    June 5, 2009 4:03 pm

    Martha, I wasn’t “at ease” with the yellow swirls. The change you have made is a lovely stroke of pattern and colour – just love it.

    While we are at it and since you said you invite critiques (from this amateur) – I would like to say, “lose the little black thingies”. I covered them up and I immediately felt a sense of relaxation and was able to float around in all the other lovely colours and textures.

    I like this piece Martha – but you know best and I know you have to follow your creative instincts.

  4. June 5, 2009 9:05 pm

    As a mutual non-friend would say, “It’s getting there”! With the yellow gone and the blue green on, it allows the rest of the elements to speak. I may be with Sherrill on the watermelon seeds, or not. Depends on where you go next with them.

    I wish that you’d added that in our 20 plus years of friendship that this is the first of your paintings that didn’t just zing me from first glance.


    • June 7, 2009 12:00 pm

      So you say, Dina. Still, I find it hard to believe that’s the only one!

      (A mutual non-friend. Love that!)

  5. June 6, 2009 7:46 am

    I really like the new colour. And I love seeing how it keeps transforming!

    • June 7, 2009 12:01 pm

      Karita, I’m glad you’re enjoying all the transformations. This may end up being a huge lesson on how not to paint. 🙂

  6. Karin lynn permalink
    June 7, 2009 7:54 am

    It’s interesting….I ,just by chance, came across your journal and have just subscribed to it. I hope you don’t mind but I want to use your imput as a learning tool. I am very new to this “trying to paint thing” but I have always known that somewhere inside me is talent. I am 64 and now have the time and desire to struggle through till I create something that I feel good about. I look forward to watching what you do.

    • June 7, 2009 12:02 pm

      Karin, glad to have you aboard! Please check in often, and I also encourage you to blog about your art adventures.

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