Thursday, April 05, 2012

Bell Halves


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So after a week and a half off I got the itch to paint again. I waited a few more days and then ventured into my studio. I'm pretty happy with my first painting. But then I tried again today only to wipe almost everything I did! Ugh! It was so frustrating. And not exactly what I was hoping for after a break. But perhaps I should have expected it. So I won't let it deter me.

21 comments:

Dave Casey said...

In the words of Winston Churchill, "never give up Carol. Never, never, never give up."

Your next masterpiece is right at the end of your brushes. Let it out!

SMV said...

Welcome back, Carol - and so soon! This is a lovely painting. You must feel so much freer now you've given yourself permission to paint or take a break, as you see fit. Thanks for sharing - I learn something every time I view your work.

Julie Douglas said...

Fresher crisper clearer brighter cleaner and even yummier. Who'd have thought? Delicious!! xxx

Maryann Lucas said...

Hooray!

Jacki Newell said...

Yay! I'm so glad you are back, Carole! Seeing your work in my email is such a treat! You inspire me.
I can sure understand how you would need a break after the pace you have kept up for so long. I hope you will not pressure yourself. Just paint when you feel like it.
God bless you and your family.
Happy Easter!
Jacki

Susie Gregory said...

hey carol..i personally love this...so don't get discouraged...usually, they say, you get the most frustrated right before a big breakthrough..so my advice would be to change things up...since you're now living in one of the most gorgeous places ever...why don't you gather your gear and get your behind outside and paint..i'm sure you've read all the best books on landscape painting..carlson, for instance..that snow scene you sent looked inviting...a corner of your yard to the vastness of the landcape...lots to discover...you may have to change your format a bit more horizontally - but then again...maybe not...nothing like being out there in the _plein air!!! just something to think about...and best of luck!!susie

Cathy Engberg said...

Love your new painting! And I'm so glad you are back and inspired once again! Time off is a good thing.

Sunny Avocado said...

When you said you needed a break, I thought it would be for a year! So happy it turned out to be such a short time. I think I actually mourned when you said you were taking a break.

Glad you're back! And despite your experiences recently, your painting is amazing, as always!

Virginia Floyd said...

Nice, Carol. I love that bright red! Great reflection, too!

Gloria said...

Keep on keeping on,Carol. Are you friends with Dreama? If so you know that one of her strongest feelings is that you have to love what you do. Maybe some brand new creative venture is nagging at you. You never know where life will take you,

Laura Leeder said...

I love the color combo!

Last Cup Of Coffee said...

I was missing you!! I think this painting is great!

Kim VanDerHoek said...

Nice design in this Carol. The red of the bell pepper adds a pop of exciting color too. You have such a unique way of arranging all the elements in your paintings and it works so well.

I know wiping a painting can be frustrating, maybe it's a sign that you are experiencing artistic growth and becoming an even better painter than you already are. Don't be discouraged, it could be a good thing.

silentwitness said...

Good for you for taking a break! I LOVE this painting. The color scheme and design are fantastic. Interestingly, this painting has a "feeling" of being HUGE. Beautiful!

Dawn Hartigan said...

Beautiful brushstroke and color - wow!

Karen Johnston Daily Paintings said...

Glad you are back Carol...missed your lovely work! I can identify with how you are feeling... I get like that but.. I don't want to do anything else so I have to keep going good or bad!

kathleen said...

You call that a break?!? You're so cute! I knew you couldn't stay away (although I admit I had a moment of anxiety at first, since your creative pursuits are one of my guilt-free addictions)!

Kathy Cousart said...

Fresh and just such pure gorgeousness in color and brushwork! Loving the reflections. I have complete faith in you:) You go Carol:)

Nora MacPhail said...

I'm really into red right now so, needless to say, I love this one!

Cristall Harper said...

Love the bright red. Nice.

Anonymous said...

I am not quite the painter that you are but I was heartened to read that you were wiping out paintings...gives me hope.