Tuesday, November 11, 2008

"Off & Running" n/a & the good & the ugly



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I feel like I am over a hump this week. Last week, on the other hand, I talked about a painting I liked at the start and hated when done. Well, some sadistic reader : ) asked me to post it, so here is the ugly painting in all it's horribleness. (read on)



I am ONLY posting this because today I did one that I am much happier with (below). Isn't it funny how that yucky feeling from a bad painting stays with you until you "redeem" yourself by doing something better?!? I was recently invited to show at a gallery in CA but they want me to resume the flower in jar series I worked on ages ago. It just so happens I was hankering to do so anyway, so these are my latest attempts in that re-direction. What is difficult is that I used to do them from photos, but now work from life. For this second one I actually took a photo and had that on a screen nearby while I worked from life. It was really helpful to get subtle changes in the jar and background. Otherwise, it sucked as a reference because the rose (the important part!) was too bleached out, and the leaf was black.

12 comments:

Melissa Mead said...

Thanks for posting the ugly! Oh to paint so horribly...I think I understand what you don't like about it.

Thank you for being so brave to share your bad days with us!

Melissa

Edward Burton said...

That yucky feeling that one gets from doing a bad painting does suck. Your "redeeming" painting is gorgeous with those radiant yellow roses - beautifully done!

Liza Hirst said...

To be honest, I quite like the "ugly" painting! It's perhaps not as generously composed and painted as usual but the green stems in the vase with the light playing on them and the delicate, nearly paper like texture of the roses are beautiful!
Love your yellow rose, too - such brilliance!

Diane Hoeptner (hep-ner) said...

Carol, your flowers in jars series has SO inspired and informed my own flower paintings. I'm psyched that you will be painting MORE flowers. On a side note: I painted a pair of Gerber daisies (last Sunday)--the colors of which are really darn close to your Vanishing Vase carnations. They posted to my blog today. I swear I didn't copy your colors. (Laughing to self.) You rock!

Kelley Carey MacDonald said...

Yeah, thanks for posting what you consider 'horrible' - it's totally NOT - but I think your composition is usually (lately, since I've been following) more up close and dynamic. That's all. Beautifully painted. And - I love the persimmons!

S.M. Sedwick said...

I love the way you paint roses! The combination of color, value shifts, and brushstrokes are so much fun to look at.

Karen Martin said...

ok...so I'm totally NOT getting what you so dislike about the white rose painting. I like it very much. Carol, how long ago did you do the original Flower in Jar series? The paintings are so much tighter...is it the size, or a different point in time that explains the difference in style? I love it all!

Mel said...

I only wish my "bad" paintings were as stunning as yours. I love the white flowers. I love the yellow flowers. I love the tighter style. I love the loose style. And I love the tomatillos. They are so darned cute. I've never tried painting one, it didn't even occur to me, but I grew a whole slew of them a few years ago (was gifted with many starter plants) and they are fabulous to cook with. And MMMMMMM they make a mean salsa verde!!! As you probably know... : )

Joyce's Art Studio said...

Yes, yes, yes! I can SO identify with that feeling of having to "redeem" yourself after a bad painting! I always want to immediately do a good one, to "cancel out" the bad one! Anyway, as the others have said, I could be happy having done one of your "bad" ones! Love your work!!

Marian Fortunati said...

They're BOTH beautiful.... Why didn't you like the first one??

Congrats on the CA connection. Too cool and nice that you wanted to continue that series anyway.
Looking forward to seeing more!

Taryn Day said...

I actually prefer the first painting! I find it more computationally adventurous, and I like the attitude of these roses- they seem to be striving towards something. Quite lovely.

Taryn Day said...

oops- I meant compositionally adventurous, not computationally adventurous!