Revisiting: Reflections On Blue, 21x30

'Reflections On Blue' (revisited) 21x30" Pastel on sanded paper

There are times when a painting just sits and never goes out to show off. I have had this painting (below) for some time and decided I just wanted to foof it up a bit, adding some looseness to the water, softening edges, changing the composition...like everything was so wrong! I still kept most of the image intact, but it now has a new and improved face. Below is the original painting that I foofed with. See if you can tell what's changed. Better? I think so. Although it's not a general rule for me to pull a painting from the comfort of it's frame and rework it after, say 10 years, but hey why not? I usually just move it and get on with the new stuff. This revised piece will be up for live auction at the Portland Waterfront Marriot for the Mt. Hood Community College Foundation dinner and auction. Info for this event is listed in the 'Upcoming Events' section to the right.

'Reflections On Water' (first time around)

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Blogger Celeste Bergin said...

haha...."foof it up"....well, you foofed it into a whole new painting. I love it! The old one was good....this one is "dreamier". I bet it goes for top $$$

3/17/11, 10:57 PM  
Blogger Cmichaudart said...

teach me to foof!!! Much improved, love the new look...growth in your talent and willingness to tamper is evident.

3/18/11, 6:08 AM  
Blogger Brenda Boylan said...

HI Celeste,
I have to tell you that in my family, (my husband mostly) uses the word 'foof' for a pet name for dogs. Something like this..."He's just a foof, look at him sitting there...that silly foof" and it goes on like that. I use the word for just about anything. So, like go foof it up! It took me all day yesterday, I was figuring 15 hours of foofing. I was spent.

Cindy, Thanks! Foof. This might be a new art term to use for revamping work, hmm. Well if you want to learn how to foof, I will be teaching a workshop coming this September. More info on it soon to come.

3/18/11, 8:36 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

totally stunning, so glad you have the courage to do this. But i guess if you have the image in your head and know how to get there, it is a natural journey.

3/18/11, 1:07 PM  
Blogger Donna T said...

Your changes brought the painting to life! It's gorgeous, Brenda! I will add foofing to my list of art terms that aren't in the dictionary but are oh so important.

3/18/11, 2:55 PM  
Blogger loriann signori said...

Oooh lala ...this is a beauty! That deep reflective surface is a stunner!

3/18/11, 3:20 PM  
Anonymous Vanessa said...

Oh my gosh! What a BEAUTIFUL painting. The reflections and colour are so captivating. And I love how you've balanced detail with the softeness of the water. I could look at this for hours!

3/18/11, 6:07 PM  
Blogger Nika said...

The difference between these two is VAST! The second one just sings and breaths, it's a stunning piece.
Foof, I hope it catches on, what a fun word:))

3/18/11, 6:41 PM  
Blogger Brenda Boylan said...

Hi Rahina,
It did take a long while for me to just get it out and rework. When I first painted it, I had a photographer take a high rez image of it, making it all the more hard to say 'goodbye'. Glad you like it so much! Thanks!

Great to get your comments Donna, you are my faithful blog reader! I have tons of other funny words in my vocabulary that I'll have to share.

Oooh la la...Loriann,
Merci beaucoup. :) I used to paint water almost all the time, was nice to revisit this favorite element again.

Thanks for your comment Vanessa, I'm so glad you like it.

Hi Nika, It's nearly a whole new painting, but with a bit of foof to it! :)

3/18/11, 9:15 PM  
Blogger Kim Vanlandingham said...

Love the re-work! Fantastic colors!

3/19/11, 8:12 PM  
Blogger Wendy DeHart said...

Hey Brenda, the revised version is fabulous. While the first piece was nice the new version sets a mood that is calmer and more peaceful. Sometimes a well-simmered piece is worth reworking.

4/3/11, 9:29 AM  
Blogger Brenda Boylan said...

Hi Wendy! Thanks for your kind words and stopping to comment.
Yeah, simmer. That sounds a lot like foofing it up. I'll have to add that word to my arsenal of verbs.

4/3/11, 3:35 PM  

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