Monday, April 23, 2012

Last Red Azaleas

                                                                                                                     acrylic, 6x6"

Yesterday's painting offering.  I'm going to stop complaining about how the photos don't look true to the colors of the painting....I'm putting you on notice that I will be working to correct the issue, probably by changing the software I am using for photo editing.  Until I do, please just assume I am not happy with the photos, so we can move on.   I wonder whether other artists are satisfied with "close enough," or if they keep editing until the photo looks perfect.  One of my friends told me she thinks the photos will never completely match the paintings.  She's an Off-Blog Commenter.  I have a few of those among the Watchers.  I am very grateful for all of you.

For the first time since I started my painting practice, I left in the middle of a painting and returned to finish it.  I really had to go somewhere for about 30 minutes yesterday, and I think maybe the pause was good for the painting, because the first layers of paint had a chance to dry well before I got into layering over them.  I like to paint wet over dry, but sometimes with acrylics, I end up painting wet over kind of sticky.  I wonder if the painting is still considered alla prima since I stopped for a half hour--I'm not really concerned about the label, just curious.

You can see I am still having an ellipse problem.   I'm expecting improvement with practice.  Sometimes the ellipses are a matter of a drawing/seeing/mind distortion and sometimes a paint-handling issue.  In Last Red Azaleas, the ellipse was a seeing distortion. 

I feel kind of guilty cutting flowers to paint them.  I usually leave flowers to grow where they are.  The azaleas were on the way out, though, so how guilty can I let myself be?  It's supposed to be quite cold tonight.   I went around the yard trying to cover up plants and cut some flowers I didn't think I could cover well.  I guess they would have died tonight anyway.  We'll see what's left in the morning....

Hi Brooke!  Hi T!

6 comments:

ME said...

SO pretty!! Sometimes an anticipated problem (having to finish something later) turns out to be a learning experience. Glad it turned out that way for you!!

Meredith Adler said...

Thanks, Mom!

dede said...

OOOOOO That's a beauty! Love the colors. Nice lights and darks too. Looks just like Azaleas. Feel like I can reach out and touch them! Very nice!

Meredith Adler said...

Oh, thanks, dede. Another milestone for me--showing you a painting on-line before in person! How did you get that thumbnail of your painting by your comment? Looks GREAT. Everyone else...from what I know, dede doesn't have a web presence yet, but I'll let you know when she does! She is a wonderful artist and friend.

Anonymous said...

have you calibrated the color on your monitor? Could be that's all you need to do.

Meredith Adler said...

Hmmmm...calibrate the color on my monitor...sounds like something I should know about. Thanks, Anonymous, I will look into this. Do you wish to remain Anonymous? Are you someone I know? I appreciate your taking the time to give me a tip.

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