Wednesday, January 19, 2011

"Hula Party" - SOLD

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I think we artists all have something we are striving for. I was going to write - something we want to say - but it's more like ... we're always striving for what we consider a "perfect painting". And that painting is different for all of us. And maybe we each have more than one in mind. But sometimes I get a little close to something (never perfect) and this one I think gets me somewhere. I'm not sure exactly why.

13 comments:

silentwitness said...

Carole, I love this painting! I has so much energy, and "good vibrations." What is the beautiful underpainting color that is peeping through the top layers in this lovely painting? I have tried to get into your classes, but they are always full when I call (even when they are not yet labelled "full"). Alas is me!

Denise Rose said...

I don't really know what I am striving for yet, but this is fabulous! I love the composition a lot. Not something I would have picked out (because I am so new at this and don't have that 'thing' you do!) but it works so well with these things. I especially love the two apples over on the right. I did two green apples yesterday and all I can say is, sad. haha! I put so much paint on them they started turning into other types of fruit!

Mary Valente's Painting Blog said...

I had the same reaction. I opened my email and this popped up and I had a visceral reaction to it. I love your work so why did this 'speak to me' so loudly? It's great. I cannot believe all this information is on one little 6x6 board. congratulations

adebanji said...

I understand! I face the same thing-nice piece too!

Ken Devine said...

A LOT of your paintings have paintiliness (if there is such a word) and this one has it, too.
Let me know when you do a class in Newark (England) or does subscription to your classes include transport? :)

Shelby Dillon said...

It's a "breakthrough" painting! For whatever reason, it takes you to the next level in some area.

@silentwitness - try burnt sienna. It can yield some beautiful orange grounds.

Anonymous said...

Carol, I have been studying your paintings every day since I attended your workshop in Newburyport last summer. Today I opened my email and thought, "This is a really great painting." I loved reading your comment afterward. Similarly, I loved the painting of the golden present with the cherry in front, that was so successful on Ebay. I am sure we could analyze each of these, and determine what exactly made the paintings so wonderful. But to me, the magic of painting is when you are struck by a piece the first moment you look at it. It reminds us of why art making matters. Thank you for sharing your work each day. It informs, instructs and inspires me. Best, Kimberly

Anonymous said...

Carol,
The edge dynamics - directional intersections and movements seem to connect and move through the composition in a very unified manner. The apple stems, breaks in the edge of the plate, (angles) and the tops and bottoms of most of the forms all seem to work towards a "whole". An overlay tracing projecting edges might support this notion. As always your use of color spots to describe the forms is terrific. Eduardo

Clyde Semler said...

I love how the foreground apples break from the surface, Carol!

Nicole Caulfield said...

I LOVE the color palette in this one! Gorgeous!

Mitzi Easley said...

sooo many things about this painting to love Carol but mostly, congrats on taking another step towards what *you* want to be.

Mary Sheehan Winn said...

everyone has covered the technical merits of this and I heartily agree. I love how the color changes to violet on the far side of the apples.

Debbie Miller said...

funny I think of YOUR paintings everytime I try to paint fruit ;)

this is a little gem