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

Monday, December 17, 2012

The Warthogs are Gathering

 Oil on canvas panel 12x12
 
 
Oil on canvas  panel12x16
 
Two more warthogs made their appearance today - fun to paint with no particular goal in mind other than to wield the brushes.

16 comments:

  1. Il doit être très impressionnant que de se trouver nez à nez avec ces phacochères!... J'aime la manière très adroite que vous avez pour capturer leur puissance lourde qui semble les caractériser. Le choix des couleurs aussi est captivant.
    Très joli travail.

    Gros bisous.

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    1. I think you have characterized them perfectly - heavy power is an apt description!They are so ungainly and strange but I find a great deal of beauty in their motion and uniqueness.

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  2. They have such presence - warts and tusks and all. I can see you had a blast painting them :)

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    1. Sometimes, when painting just for fun, my brushed dare to go where I would otherwise never tread!

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  3. Love these guys on wild life programmes especially when they get starled and take off with their tails in the air....much like the wee guy on the bottom :)

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    1. Oh, I love watching them on wild life shows - but of course, in my imagination, they are much more elegant!

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  4. Even your warthogs seem to be dancing! I love them!

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    1. LOL - I love that! Thank you, Judy!

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  5. These Warthogs are painted so beautifully. Love all the splashes of color...and wonderful shadows..great job, Susan.!!!

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  6. Just gorgeous! Wow - I wish i could just lunge at a canvas like this with little thought to the result and end up with such wonderful paintings! What's the secret??? :0)

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    1. I had to laugh at your concept of me lunging at the canvas - actually, it is not far from what actually does happen! These little alla prima pieces are often accompanied by a fearlessness that is harder to reach when painting larger and more seriously!

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  7. They have that sort of explosive energy that is shared by rhinos' ... they seem to generate power in their rear end as if they are saying, "Just one more word ...that's all it will take... I'm getting really angry now!" Particularly in the top one.

    The bottom one wants to be a ballerina ... I can just sense it: see that pose?

    wonderful, Susan!

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  8. LOL - yes, that explosive rear end drive! Oh, my gosh - a warthog ballerina! Ummmmmmmmmmmmm - let me think about it!

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  9. You have turned the warthog into a beautiful creature. I especially like the liveliness of the top painting--via color and movement.

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    1. Your comment means a lot to me, Linda, as I do hope to find beauty where it might not otherwise be seen.

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