Thursday, 7 January 2010

Slowly Getting There


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whimper...sniffle....

You can tell the level of frustration with the painting by how many pencils are sitting on my art desk.  Usually there's 4 or 5 at a time.  At most.  There's a whole lot more there today.  Even my pencil jars are a mess.  There are so many colours in this painting that it's a challenge to keep the whereabouts of each pencil known.  I do have a system, but it's pretty much gone out the window as of this week.

I still have just the first layers on some parts of the painting.  I continue to spread the background up.  At this point I have not been using my reference photo quite as much.  I'm making changes to the background so that it will be a better composition which is better balanced.  The original photo is way to heavy on one side of the picture.

What is that?  Is that a light at the end of the tunnel I see?
No, not yet, but hopefully soon.

Who was is again who decided this would be a good picture to paint with all of it's many little details and multicoloured rocks and mosses?  What was it you said to me?  You "picked it as a challenge to bring my art to a new level?" Oh  FIONA!

8 comments:

Kay said...

It's interesting to see the creative chaos surrounding the order of the painting. It's coming along beautifully too, the lichen covered rock makes a lovely and poetic contrast with the young girl.

BONNIE K said...

This is one of my favorite pictures of yours, so I think it's worth the chaos!

Kurt said...

I'll give you $100 for it (with frame).

Mrsupole said...

You are a very talented artist. That is my story line and I am sticking to it.

Although I do draw the best stick people, as least in my mind.

That picture is awesome and is worth the $1000 that you desire. Although if Kurt gives me a zine for free then I will back him up on his paying $100 for it.

And never worry about the mess, I think all great artists produce their best pictures out of a chaotic mess.

God bless.

Serena said...

It's looking fabulous! Now, I'm going to ask a really dumb question because I'm curious....and obviously dumb....BUT humour me please. I couldn't help but notice that some of your pencils in the jars are point-down...is there a specific reason? Are they ones that need sharpening???

tony said...

$2000 !

Maureen said...

It's absolutely fabulous, and I can't take my eyes off it everytime you post an update....

Sandy said...

Wow, just catching up here, reading your posts and looking at that wonderful portrait!!