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

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Fraught With Possibiity

Fraught With Possibility /Oil on linen panel / 24 x 18 / 



Close up of upper body (the color turned out strange in this shot for some reason).



She fits on the canvas!



Fitting her on the canvas using my sketch as a reference
In this painting, doing a preliminary sketch helped me to decide what size canvas I needed and also helped to place the figure on the canvas. Unfortunately, my back went out in the middle of this endeavor. I powered through it but think I will take a few days rest now. :(

10 comments:

  1. Oh no! Back's can be such a trouble; hope you feel better very soon.

    Great painting, oozing over with her character. She needed to be on a larger canvas and fills it nicely. Thanks for recording the stages - it's of value to see how other people work - I've always painted alone!

    Loved it!

    Get well soon.

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    1. Thanks, John, glad you like her. I think it was her costume that drew me to paint her.
      And thanks for your good wishes. I am still recovering but getting better each day. Not able to stand at the easel for any length of time yet but I am finding ways to spend my time that will only help me when I do get back!

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  2. Brilliant figure painting my friend. Lovely colours as well.my you are good at figures Susan. Actually you are good at everything. All the best Susan.
    Vic.

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    1. Many, many thanks, Vic. I do think figure painting is my favorite - or maybe its horses, or possibly dogs - oh, who knows! I love it all!

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  3. Oh, I hate to hear that, Susan. Have you had previous issues with your back or was it a muscle pull from this large painting?
    As an artist the question always is...was it worth it. looking at what you accomplished I would say a resounding YES!

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    1. I haven't had back problems for years and this came on me suddenly. It may have been from reaching up for this painting I do feel I had her too high on the easel. In retrospect, I wish I had lowered the canvas. It may be related to that and I will have to take care in the future. Time and rest usually works its magic! Glad you like her, Julie - something about her costume and the way she was standing intrigued me- kind of resting and relaxed but ready for whatever comes next!

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  4. She is just the diva ! Love the painting ! Do take care of that back ache , I suffer from the same very often...not fun.

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    1. Yes, quite the diva LOL! The back issue is not fun at all - you are right but I guess the silver lining to that cloud is the amount of time I have had to spend with my art books. That's always a joy!

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  5. Indrukwekkend werk Susan, spoedig herstel hoor.
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