Wednesday, July 27, 2011

A Helping Hand

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I've been wanting to paint this scene for a while. I took the photo this last Easter at a thing in the park. The background was busy and I wasn't sure how I was going to handle it. So I finally just started it, and when it got to this point I thought, "I like it like this, can I leave it?" And then I remembered - there are no rules! Happy day. : )

35 comments:

Kathleen Harrington Paints said...

Love the light airy feel and the older girl's jaunty pose.

Sydney said...

wonderful! "there's no rules!" wellsaid :D

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Chris said...

I love everything about this painting

Ann said...

I love this Carol-- so simply stated. And I really love the feeling you were able to convey. Wonderful!

Marilyn said...

So happy that your intuition won out, Carol. Like a breath of fresh air, everything about this piece is carefree and masterful.

Linda Popple said...

One of my favorites!!

Susie Gregory said...

love it, love it, love it!!!!

Sharon Wright said...

Superb!

Robie Benve said...

Beautiful! Just BEAUTIFUL!

Carrie'sCreations said...

It is so beautiful and feminine. I love how you handled the background because those little girls just pop off the page. The colors in this painting are just breathtaking!

Rose Hohenberger said...

It's PERFECT.

Anne Marie Propst said...

Very sweet !

Artist/Painter said...

You know, I just got this in my email and it's exactly what I needed to hear as I was working on a painting last nite and was starting to get all bent out of shape that "it didn't look like it was suppose to".

It's so funny, as artists, I think we have this preconceived idea of what a piece "should" look like even before we start it. The only real criteria is, "does it work?". And in your case here it does and it did in mine too.

Thanks for giving a little insight into the process, Carol.

Valérie Pirlot said...

What a poetic painting, perfectly executed. I always admire your still lifes but this shows that you can master people scenes too. Thanks for sharing.

Tracey Mardon said...

It's so fresh and lovely. Instinct is a wonderful thing, so glad you have the courage to follow yours!
You reminded me the other day of the feeling that cars were passing us at the speed of light :)

Anonymous said...

Melts my heart....my all time favorite. Your expertise with painting the figure is stunning.

MeeLi Lee said...

Beautiful! This is perfect!

Crystal Cook said...

It's fabulous Carol. I LOVE the older girls hand, how her fingers are spread in that way that small kids do. You've just done some truly amazing work.

Denise Rose said...

I love this, and I love the No Rules comment! I have to remember that more often while painting.

carol morgan carmichael said...

This is so great!!! Fresh!

Sharon Lynn Williams said...

This is really fresh and young feeling, just like the subjects. Congratulations!!

Maryann Lucas said...

It is my all time favorite of yours!

Mia Hinchey said...

There is such a wonderful moment here that is so well executed by your artistic talent. The subject matter is so sweet, but it is your painting technique that suits this kind gesture so perfectly. I love that it is not "finished" off, it allows the viewer to fill in the blanks, to read the story with there own conclusion.

Wanda Lowery said...

This is so good and I love the way you edited and handled the background, so simple yet the figures look great against it. Beautiful!

Cynthia Fankhauser said...

Really, really like this painting! You really captured the movement of these children!! Awesome! : )

Ann Osgood said...

OK...gotta admit it...masterful!!!!

Kathy Curis said...

This is one of my favorites :)

Kelley Carey MacDonald said...

No Rules rocks! I love this - the figures are perfect and if you'd included all the noisy background you would have lost their strength!

Lisa Daria said...

Zooming in on this piece and seeing how your brushwork makes up these two little ones is exciting - the placement and amount of your marks are just right.

Neiley Harris said...

This painting sings with ability, emotion and movement. I am loving these moments in life, captured so beautifully forever. Carol, really great!

Barbara Pask said...

Just precious Carol.

JanettMarie said...

You really captured the hip and shoulder angles of the taller girl... nice.

Kay Christopher said...

Wow, Carol, stunning painting, beautiful. Perfect. Love it! Your skill with paint and with color are incredible.

Helen Cooper said...

Just lovely !!!

Mary Sheehan Winn said...

well said. You nailed it. Beautiful, carefree feeling with these two.