4/27/09

Harvest Glow... revisited

"Harvest Glow"  24 x 24"  Pastel on sanded paper

Gosh, I just seem to be fighting with myself about this piece!  It was the sky that bothered me. Like one of those thistles that gets stuck in your sock when trampling in a field!  Yuck!

I sat with it for awhile after the first post...waiting to figure out the answer.  And sure enough, the skies cleared here in Oregon enough for me to study them as a passenger in the car.  I'm often looking at the scenery when I'm driving and have come to the realization that I'm better off a passenger.  Anyway, I digress.  Here I've lightened up the higher clouds.  They were too orange last time around.  So, I had to wash off what I previously painted. I went outdoors and took the garden hose and washed the entire upper portion off!  It's hard to let go of all that precious pigment, but for what it's worth, the painting means more to me.  As the pigment washed away, I saw the original underpainting that had stained the Wallis paper.  This is my blueprint.  After it dried, I took it inside and started in on it again with more courage.  I tried to keep it simple and to not noodle with, keeping it fresh.  Hoping it worked!   Comments welcomed.

8 comments:

Miki Willa said...

I liked the original painting, but you were right about the sky. Now, it has much more depth. Glad you stuck with this one. It is a beauty.

Celeste Bergin said...

I love this..the colors look very very clean. No one would know, unless they read your confession that you re-worked it..it looks altogether fresh.
I like this painting and your blog so well...
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Donna T said...

Wow, you made a beautiful painting more beautiful, Brenda! I love the light in the sky now.

B Boylan said...

Mikki, Celeste and Donna, many thanks! I"m pretty happy with the final outcome...after such a long battle! Battle? That sounds bad. How about....struggle....or, challenge.

SJ Studio said...

Nice work, beautiful colors.

Karen said...

Yes what you did concentrated the energy and focus down into the piece...it's more dramatic now, more essential.
I can't believe you hosed down your piece! How liberating that must feel (and scary?)

B Boylan said...

Yeah, I had my reservations. But I've done it before on reclaimed Wallis. I was careful, thinking all the way how a slatter or drip in the wrong place would be fixed.

David Patterson said...

I love this piece Brenda! Thanks for dropping by my blog and leaving your "wow"...it's very much appreciated! I'll have to tell you about the Bellingham exhibit someday...somewhat disappointing!