Challeging paintings, Entering Spring, 24x24

Entering Spring, 24x24" Pastel on sanded paper

I think paintings have their inherent personalities. Sometimes a painting just practically paints itself, while others simply fight the whole way through to the trash. Most are somewhere in the middle. This one painting was just a challenge to paint. I had started this one last year and then put it away after the plein air season hit. I finally decided to pull it out of moth ball storage and finish it because it belongs in a series that will hang in a show this coming May at American Art Co. It originally had a barn in the field, but it looked so contrived, that I just decided to wash it off with a hose. I also believe this one was so difficult to paint because I made no preliminary sketches or value studies and then just hit the easel running. And running I did all the way up hill. Augh!
Anyway, I'm thrilled it's done and I'm actually pleased with the outcome. Next time, break out the sketch book wouldja, Brenda?


Kimberly Vanlandingham said...

I do the same thing. Everytime, I can still hear some of my professors telling me to do prelim sketches and me thinking. Why? Ok, so they were right.... (Sigh)

Bob said...

Its really hard sometimes to slow down and trust the process you know works but I really love the way this turned out very emotive thanks for sharing it.

B Boylan said...

HI Kim and Bob, thanks for your comments.
Wishing I did thumbnails prior the start of this one and I think this painting fought me just to prove how important this time tested task is. Now, time to get out the sketch pad and marker for my next piece. :)