"Paintings have a life of their own that derives from the painter's soul." Vincent Van Gogh

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Beyond Limits of Human Perception

Thought I might try something a little different today. After a week of wipe off after wipe off, this one was challenging and fun and turned out to be a survivor. Top photo is a close up. The painting is 18 x 24 oil on linen.

I was intrigued by the comment left by Debbie Lincoln  about the values in this painting and how it appears without ny color. I had not thought to look at it in black and white and was pleasantly surprised to see what Debbie had noticed - the values are working well! I thought I would post it here in black and white for all to see. Thank you, Debbie, for stopping by my blog, for being kind enough to leave a comment and for leaving such a though provoking one at that - much appreciated! And in case anyone is interested, that beautiful sheen on the wildebeest's coat was obtained by using  Rembrantd Silver - it is awesome and I love experimenting with new colors now and then. I discovered that even when mixed with other colors, it retains its glow.


  1. Gnu steeple-chasing?!!! Tell me you did not have a photo reference. Kidding aside, Susan, it is another warm, powerful and animated painting!!!

  2. LOL - the imagination ran wild today, Kathryn! I was supposing what we might experience if things were just a wee bit different in the universe!

  3. Susan, join the club of wiper-offers! This one is a fun, free and whimsical painting - no wipe off for this!

  4. I think I like your compositions so much because they still work in gray scale...I LOVE the colors, but you are so good at getting the values right, that the colors don't matter. As a black and white, the compositions still work so well!

  5. Thanks for stopping by and leaving a note, David! I am glad you like it.
    Debbie, your comment gave me pause. After reading your words, I used Photoshop to change to black and white and added the photo to this blog entry - thank you, Debbie!
    Hi, Novice Artist - thank you so much - I appreciate all comments and yours thrills me!

  6. Love this piece- Wonderful composition and the colors on the wlidebeest are awesome. I love using a bit of sliver or gold. Fun to play. Really enjoyed learning about going back and looking at it in black and white. Good way to check yourself.


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