Saturday, January 10, 2009

"Vertical on Glass"



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I had a tough day of painting today. I did one before this that turned out just terrible. Orange insides are tough because you can either go really specific and get in every little seed and highlight, or you can generalize it, as I do. And when you generalize it, you have to get the values and saturations and placement just right, even though you are suggesting things with bigger brushstrokes. I don't think I got everything just right here, so it's not the most glowy orange insides I've done, but I am really happy with the composition, and the leaning slices vs. the straight ones ... I have to admit something about this really speaks to me.

Please forgive me, it's late, I'm tired, and I'm babbling ...

9 comments:

Diane Hoeptner (hep-ner) said...

Wonderful, Carol. Love the grays and the geometry of the oranges.

Melody said...

Ha. I was just gonna remark on the geometry of the the shapes too. That is often the best part, after the glorious colors.
I look at your blog everyday to get inspired. Thanks for keeping it up.
Melody

dsb said...

Carol, it's very appealing. In the first nanosecond I thought they were orange slices (Because I follow your work and had an expectation). In the second through tenth nanoseconds I wondered what I was looking at. Something squarish, maybe cake slices. At that point I was so in awe of the composition, colors, and brushwork that it didn't matter what the orange things were. I hope that you understand this as a compliment. Maybe you will move towards more abstraction?
Thanks for all the inspiration.

Margaret Shelby said...

Oh Carol: Your work is always top rate, even the stuff you struggle with.
You do inspire us out here, so thank you. I am grateful that you are so honest with your work. Some people think they have to just spin how great they are on a blog, but you talk about the struggle. Makes me love your work even more.

Marina Laliberte said...

Carol,
check your work everyday, what an inspiration and motivation, but it is the "babbling" that is the best! Thank you for sharing so much!

Jeanne Bauer said...

Carol, I wonder if you are getting enough rest or are you overworking yourself? I notice when you "struggle" if you are not just exhausted with all you accomplish in a day, in a week?
Your piece has depth. I love the shape of the slices, the shadows, the fleeting moments of deeper color in the slices.
Here is your success: I finally gave up one of your works to my son and daughter-in-law.... limes on cherry red from the workshop...what a huge success...they love it, it's inspired my son and grandson to get to work and it's a beautiful thing to look upon on their pale grey loft walls. (Was like giving away a child!) jb

Karen Appleton said...

This painting stopped me in my tracks, so to speak. Your paintings always have strong color and composition, but this seems to really emphasize these elements as the key players in the painting. Color and composition being the starring roles, and subject matter the orchestra - really pushing the boundaries of still life, love it!

Patricia said...

Ah, to have a bad day like yours. I struggled today at my easel as well, without the exciting results.
Some days are like that!

vickiandrandyrossart said...

Works for me! I knew immediately what they were...also enjoy your babbling...