Sunday, February 21, 2016

My New Painting Mantra

 
"This Magic Moment"     Oil Pastel and Gouache, 8x6" 
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This is truly one of those times when I wish I could show you the painting in person...because this is one of those times when the photograph just doesn't do justice.  The whole painting is much smoother than it looks here.  The scanner just seems to increase the contrast and make everything look too mottled.  Oh well... I'll try to get a better photo at a later time.

I have a new painting mantra.  The non-artist Watchers among us may not know this, but every painting goes thru some real ugly stages.  As a painter, you have to kind of get used to seeing those stages.  As I painted this one, I found myself using the mantra, "This is not the painting, this is not the painting..."  It really helped!  

This is the painting, but this photo is not really the painting :)  But I've been working hard at all the controls I can find in Photoshop Elements and Picasa, and I'm kind of over it for tonight.  I hope you will understand...

I am somewhat captivated by this image, and have painted it before, but just didn't show it to you.  I plan to use this one again, larger, perhaps in the form of cut and folded paper one day, when I learn how (see this post if you want to know what I'm talking about).

And thanks for Watching!

6 comments:

Libby Fife said...

I am with you on that one, Meredith!

Beautiful colors and light. Good job!

Libby

Doug Wasilieff said...

I like the energy in this painting, Meredith. Beautiful color harmony with all those greens and blues throughout the painting.

I know what you mean about the ugly stage, and it took a long time before I really understood that every painting goes through it and not to panic. And if it stays in the ugly stage? You just try it again. :-)

Susan said...

Love those water droplets falling and the woman's pose. This is not the painting- this is a photo- never as good!

carol edan said...

I love your mantra...and the painting. Still typeing on phone. Can't wait to see it on a big screen.

Julie Link said...

This is lovely, Meredith! I love the sense of light you have in the background and on her hat. Well done!

Meredith Adler said...

Thanks, everyone! Long day at work today, so I am thanking you all at once until I can get back here to be a more gracious hostess :)

Please do know that I love that you are here and your comments are so appreciated...

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