Thursday, March 26, 2009

DSFDF Challenge: Week 27-28: Beach

First off, let me thank EACH AND EVERYONE OF YOU who were kind enough to put up with my rant yesterday. I felt better almost immediately after seeing that I might not be the only one who'd get mad at this kind of situation. THANK YOU AND I'M ALL BETTER...(for now)!

And let me add, for those of you who've been so kind to check and edit my name on your blogs (and I do thank you!), that my rant did NOT mean to include mistypings on blogs-- because those are so easy to change--and I am also a terrible typist myself. It really just was about something that had been sent to print in multiples of several thousand, by someone who should have known better after almost 20 years.


"Cold Feet" ...................... oil ...................... 4" x 12"

So here is my latest offering for Karin Juricks' fine, fine, fine (and fun) artist challenge, Different Strokes from Different Folks.
I actually felt confident enough this time to go out of my comfort zone, and let me be the first to say: I can't believe I did this. Not that it's all that, because it's not; clearly, it's just a quick sketch with loose brush strokes... two things I was sure I was totally incapable of! I actually let a brushstroke show?!? And in muted colors, no less! and I pulled it in a couple hours! This is entirely unheard of in my studio (and I also started on a toned canvas-- quinacridone gold in this case-- thank you Leslie Saeta and Tom Pohlman for your inspiration)


I must have secretly been replaced with a much artier, more efficient alien.
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31 comments:

  1. WONDERFUL, Great feel to it............ yes we are all being stretched nice to see going there too.

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  2. This is very nice! I like the feel of it, very soothing colors and lovely brushwork. It is fun to try new things and you definitely succeeded on this one!

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  3. LOL! It's lovely--and so peaaaceful! I was trying to figure out a "Best Blog Rant Award" to send you, but got busy mixing mud in the studio. Glad things are better. Your painting is beautiful and fresh! Liz (aka inaccurately, lisa, liza, laura, holme, holman, holmes) xo

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  4. Breezy Blue! So calming after your rant, which, by the way, I understand completely...and how hard is my name?
    But yup, it gets butchered all the time.
    Glad you are feeling better today!

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  5. Your experimental brushwork gives this a serene quality, as do all of the soft edges. Very nice, restful painting!

    And you are right my last name gets misspelled ALL the time so I do understand.

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  6. Wow!!!! R.! This is so different from your precise and pristine work. I like this side of you. It's like letting your hair down and twirling around the room a little bit instead of sticking to classical ballroom. I love it!

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  7. Michelle, thanks! This was actually...fun!

    Liz, thanks, the first thing I thought when I saw the photo was, wow, that water looks cold! I love the idea of a blog rant award-- how funny!

    Cathyann and Kim, thank you, too! I had a feeling that the misspelling of names was not unique to me...!

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  8. Sheila, how funny! When I dance it's hardy classical ballroom (more like abstract expressionist dancing, if there is such a thing). It was fun to let go for a couple hours, though.

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  9. Hi R...
    I always love what you come up with on those challenges!!
    I read your rant yesterday and quickly went back to my website to check to make sure that I had spelled your name right.....
    I had mentioned you and photoshop on my post yesterday...
    Thankfully I had .... didn't want you being upset all over again...
    Glad you're over it.... But I have to admit... a name is VERY important and one would think that others who are trying to promote you WOULD have taken the time to get it right. ..... I'll be they WILL NEXT TIME.... (If you give them a next time.)

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  10. I like the horizontal crop and the wispy, dreamlike quality. Like Michelle said, soothing.

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  11. Dominique, Thank you! It was fun to paint tghis while the blizzard raged outside today.

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  13. Marianne, I could never be upset with you! Looks like you inadvertently inverted (now there's mouthful!) your image. If it happens again, you can undo with control + Z.

    Or, if you want to correct the one you have, open it again and click control + I (for 'invert'), and it will return to its original state.

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  14. Thank you, Maria! I thought making into a long vista would be interesting...

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  15. Wonderful painting, R.. I really like the broad horizontal format and the flowing ocean - very nice!

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  16. Oh, R, this is so serene and such a departure for you. I know how hard it is for us "don't let a stroke show" artsies to just let go. Beautiful job.

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  17. I love the beach and your painting took me right back there. I also like painting on canvas toned with quinacridone gold. It's great when we make ourselves stretch to move out of our comfort zones--good for you!

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  18. Oh this is just how I would have painted it if I had had the courage to do it! Hah! One beautiful painting and all the more so as it was out of your comfort zone. Love it.

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  19. Thank you (and I hope I spell everyone's name right this time!) Edward, Cyndy, Elizabeth, and Lauren!
    And also Marian!!

    Thanks also Liz; I almost didn't join in this time, but I'm glad I did. It was some of the most relaxing painting I've ever done. Now if I can stop myself from going back to 'fix' it...

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  20. This is really nice! I love the crop you did and the horizontal format!

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  21. Sure you can....... just put a sticky note next to it that say's "DO NOT TOUCH DSFDF group said so ! :)

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  22. Thank you, Karen!

    Dominique-- sticky note duly attached!

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  23. R. I didn't know you painted people.

    I'm kidding!

    Really, this is a great piece and I'm glad you're participating in the DSDF challenge because I am too. It's a beach scene... I just couldn't pass it up.

    Again, great work. It's good to see this artistic side of you.

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  24. You are too funny, Doug! (I didn't know I painted people either!) I was hoping you'd do this challenge. I'm going to go see right now.

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  25. This is really lovely - very dreamy looking!

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  26. Looking back over a few blogs of yours that I missed because I was wandering elsewhere, I am simply blown away by the quality of your work. Those roses looked air brushed...simply fantastic.

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  27. Glenda, thank you! Dreamy is a great quality. I know I often dream of being on the beach. Especially when it's snowing, as it was the day I painted it.

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  28. James, thank you, you are most kind. I had occasion to use an airbrush many years ago, but never mastered it. I think brushes are easier.

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  29. I like the skiny board and the loos brush strokes.
    Is this you R? so diff from your work and so beautiful.

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  30. Hey R- Thanks for letting me off the hook :>) I had crawled under my chair after reading your rant! HaHa I am really flattered you found "inspiration" in anything I did- and REALLY HAPPY that you did this challenge and had some fun (didn't sound like you were going to make it). The first step was back on the Victorian challenge- THIS was a giant expressive leap! Love it!

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Thank you for your kind comments! They always make my day.