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?

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Blogger Kim 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)

3/23/11, 7:40 PM  
Blogger 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.

3/26/11, 10:38 AM  
Blogger Brenda 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. :)

3/26/11, 7:01 PM  

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