Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Things are going s-l-o-w-l-y on #4

I've been painting the last couple of days for short periods of time. It's going so slow! I find myself right up on my canvas trying to get the details in right away. I'm wanting the details and getting a bit frustrated because I'm not getting them. I'm trying to pull away and block shapes and then darks, mediums and lights. Then I try to put the color in and everything is wet and then I get mud. Can you tell I'm frustrated?

During the day at work and then at home right before I go to sleep I'm painting in my head - imagining what my painting is going to look like. Boy does it look good in my head - LOL!

Here is what I've been working on - it is a long way from being finished but I'm through for tonight.
It is a great lodge pole pine that had a lot of it's roots exposed. It has beautiful shapes and textures and colors in real life. Is this the ugly stage that I experience with pastels? I hope so! There is one part that I really, really like - it is right here.
I'm trying to focus on that part & not get discouraged.
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Susan Carlin said...

Yes, absolutely. That prolonged ugly stage that can try one's soul... but just keep going and beauty will emerge! I like that close up part you showed. Beautiful.

Karen Hargett said...

Oh thanks so much for the encouragement Susan! I'm hoping for the best.

I did work on it about 10 minutes this morning while I was waiting for the iron to heat up (sounds like a good excuse to paint right?) and made bit more headway but didn't get to take a picture of it as it was still dark outside.

Now I'm anxious to get home and take another look at it to see if it looks OK and to continue painting. I'll post the progress pictures tonight but I can tell you I made that screen right side of the tree much darker and that helped.

Dianne Mize said...

Oh, but you're making progress. I love the strokes in the closeup. Hey you're only on #4. If you saw my fourth-ever oil painting, you'd declare yourself a master. Just keep on truckin'.

Karen Hargett said...

Thanks so much Dianne! I appreciate your support. I'm going to go and see what I need to do next so stay tuned ;-)