Sunday, December 28, 2008

"Step Forward"



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These lemon slices really glowed under this light and I tried hard to capture that. My favorite part though is the front "white" bit on the left-most slice where it's fairly gray and just a little bit of white up at the top. I go a little nutty over these kinds of details. In fact there was a point a few years ago when I realized I was trying so hard to get these little "happy moments" in my paintings I was ignoring the over-all design. That's part of why doing these small paintings has been so tranforming for me - it's hard NOT to focus on the over-all design when you're looking at a 6x6 canvas.

10 comments:

Nel said...

Oh, yeah, they really Do glow. Wonderful colors in this one. Excellent.

Barbara Pask said...

Excellent painting Carol. You paint the juicy color of a orange so well.

Marilyn Eger said...

Another winner. You are right, those wonderful happy edges and transitions make you wan to smile. Thank-you again for your inspiration.

jacki said...

Carol,
I enjoy your work so much. It's a pleasure to receive these juicy, glowing and charming paintings in my email each day. Keep up the good work. I was wondering if you had ever done the exercise of trying to paint just 50 strokes in a painting? I ask, because your paintings look as if you have disciplined yourself in that way. I'm thinking of trying that for a while, my brushstrokes are too labored.

Sarah said...

Not onle have your captured the glow of the lemons,but I love the bits of blue behind them! You are my daily painting encouragement :)

Debbi Smith Rourke said...

It's magical! Love it.

Pamela Clarkson said...

Dear Carol--I have been emulating your glow technique in my small Riverwalk Paintings here in San Antonio. Mine don't have the effortless quality of yours yet, but I am striving and striving! Thanks for the inspiration.

Nancy B. Hartley said...

I love the simplicity, so elegant! Everything just seems to work, the colors, the composition, the lighting, the brush strokes. A really beautiful painting!

Rhonda Hurwitz said...

composition and design is what drew me to your work two years ago and I still admire that aspect. great stuff.

Mary Sheehan Winn said...

and the bits of blue near the top. Ever so subtle.