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

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Equine #11


Equine #11 / 12x12 / oil on canvas panel

Trying desperately to break out of my painting slump, I decided to revert to the leaping equine series. I had stopped at #10 and so, today, #11 has appeared. I am hoping that getting back to a familiar subject will shake up my painter's brain a bit and allow me to feel some comfort with brush and canvas again.

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  1. Nous avons tous nos passages difficiles, puis tout revient à la normal avec des périodes d'inspiration plus forte que d'autres, il ne faut pas s'en inquiéter mais parfois les artistes sont plus sensibles et nous prenons les choses trop à coeur et nous sommes souvent trop critique envers nous même! Nous avons tendance à faire de grandes introspections intérieures, nous cherchons 'l'enfant créateur' (il me semble), et nous essayons de régler les choses avec nous même.; je ne sais pas si c'est cela que tu traverse mais me concernant ce la m'arrive aussi!
    Alors patience, tout revient doucement et tu choisis un thème qui te plaît alors je te dis bonne peinture et belle inspiration!
    Merci de ta visite sur mon blog photo, merci! Cath.

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    1. Hi, Cath and thank you so much for stopping by and your words of wisdom. I have spent so much time and intellectual energy trying to figure out what is going on with me and have boiled it down to 2 things - I need to be inspired by my subject - to actually love it. And I need to regain some patience. I think most of my recent difficulties are stemming from a lack of inspiration and lack of patience. Hopefully, now that I have put these things into words, I will be able to conquer them. Thank you so much for your support.

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  2. Getting back to a familiar subject is a great way to get out of the slump! And your dancing horses always make me smile, love this one!

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    1. The dancing horses make me smile too - and I am so glad you like them.

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  3. I imagine this will do the trick!! We all have lulls at times... I'm sort of having one I can't help at the moment... But there's nothing like painting something familiar to help get us working again :0)

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    1. I am finding out that most artists to experience some kind of black occasionally - I suppose its all part of the creative process.

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  4. Leaping Horse Susan? I would say he has just thrown his rider. brilliant painting.
    All the best Susan.
    Vic.

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    1. It's all in the eye of the beholder! Thank you for stopping by, Vic - I thoroughly enjoy your recent landscapes!

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  5. i love the movement of this, and the texture! wonderful. the good news about a slump is that it's preparing you for an explosion of new creations!

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    1. Yes, yes - I hope you are right, Suzanne! That would make it all worth the angst!

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  6. Bring on the flying horses all the time!
    So very good and so much fun!
    When I am in a lull I paint the ocean!
    I am sorry about your lull but thrilled it brought back leaping joy filled and colorful equines! Bravo! Happy Halloween and Fall!
    Your flying horse loving art buddy!
    Michael

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    1. Michael, you are such a joy - I am so glad you are my art buddy!

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  7. He is a joyful horse. I hope you feel better and break out of your slump soon.
    :)

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    1. Many thanks, Deb - I am still trying.

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  8. Every time I look at your thumbnails and find a new one, I feel so happy, oils and sketches. Thank you so much for posting.

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    1. What a nice sentiment - It makes me happy that you feel that way!

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  9. THERE YOU ARE! No one can say frolicking horse better. I'm in sort of a slump. I have no desire to paint; I'm concentrating on getting back in good physical shape. I miss it, but I don't. I must be able to stand, pivot, turn and walk back and forth to paint, till then, small sketches will do. --Maybe you're distracted by something else that's important to you? Maybe new ideas are percolating and haven't gelled just yet? The quality of your work in these last posts has not suffered; it's impressive.

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    1. I have spent hours and hours trying to overcome it and to figure it out. My passion to paint is burning hotter than ever - I am just unhappy with everything I do. I have a feeling of having forgotten how to paint, of feeling uncomfortable with the process, of being impatient and frustrated. Its exhausting. I hope your slump is short lived and you recover your need to paint.

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  10. Susan, uw springende paarde zijn altijd fantastisch weergegeven!
    groetjes,
    Simonne

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  11. You certainly didn't loose your special touch Susan, this is great and funny as always !

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    1. You are so kind, Jane. At least this one survived my recent bout of wipe offs.

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  12. How can you not LOVE the vibrancy???? :-)

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    1. I appreciate your words, Debbie - thank you so much.

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  13. Ciao Susan,
    Che meraviglia questo cavallo!
    I tuoi cavalli, come le tue ballerine, hanno vitalità, originalità e grande fascino!
    Compariranno di certo nei sogni di qualche visitatore amico del tuo blog...
    Sicuramente nei miei!
    Ciao, ciao, abbracci, Floriana

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    1. Ah - to dream of dancing, leaping, flying horses! How wonderful!

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  14. Okay Susan! I so selfishly miss your great art! You mentioned having painter's block! I certainly know what that is like! At times when I don't know what to paint I paint what I love, the ocean! You also mentioned you do the same but with horses! Fantastic horses I must say! At times when I feel like I can't paint I just make myself paint. I make myself paint! I paint anything. I go to the canvas and apply paint. With brush, hand, anything! Something about time being such an important and finite quantity makes me paint also.
    So I wish you the best Susan! You are such a talented artist and child of the universe. Very creative and inspiring! Also fun!
    Take care!
    One of your biggest fans and art buddy!
    Michael,

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    1. You are such a great support to me Michael. I have been trying to push through this slump by painting, painting, painting - horses, portraits, figures. Nothing that comes off my brush looks anything like what I intended to do. It will be over soon. I know it will.

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