Sunday, July 15, 2018

Enough is Enough, continued

I found this old post of mine and thought I would share it again. It seems to be a continuation of yesterday's post.

Here Comes Trouble

The most dangerous time in my painting process is the finishing stage. That last hour or so when I need to decide what to leave in and what to take out. The time of final corrections, the addition of highlights and accents that can only be added at this stage.

When I reach this point, strange as it sounds, I find I’m not seeing the painting as a whole presentation anymore. After working intensely for hours, my focus has slowly shifted to the individual elements and I could be heading for trouble. I have to force myself to stop, put the brush down and leave my studio for awhile. And often that isn’t easy. I’m tired and I want to finish. “Just one more stroke. Let me fix that spot, etc.” ….. Here comes trouble.

A successful painting is a sum of all it’s elements all working together, balancing and complementing each other. All working together to support the story line or focal point. When you begin to concentrate on each element separately you risk throwing the whole painting off balance. A few times I have gone beyond the point of no return and had no choice but to wipe the whole painting away. Frustrating! Especially when it had a good start and I just couldn’t stop fiddling.

Now I try to keep reminding myself of what my painting is about and ask if the element I am working on is important or a distraction. Discipline! The most important element in your studio.

Quotes that I read a long time ago and need to bear in mind.


  • “A painting is finished when you have simplified or taken out all you can.”
  • “If it looks good, leave it alone. Trying to make it better never works.”
  • “Working in stages lets the paint dry and your brain rest.”
  • "A painting is finished when you think it is 85% done."


Worth thinking about. Happy painting.

Celene

www.CeleneFarris.com

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Enough is Enough!

Last week I was painting with a friend. It was one of those wonderful days when the painting just seemed to flow off my brush. Then came the point when someone needed to grab my brush and say, “Enough is enough!”.

I caught myself beginning to tidy up, adding a bit here and there, straightening a line, just fiddling, and luckily, this time, stopped myself before I ruined my painting. But other times I have pushed a good painting over the brink and then in frustration, wiped it all away.

It’s all a matter of discipline. A famous artist once said, “A painting is finished when you think it’s about 85% done.”  I need to remember that. Knowing when to stop is hard. Stopping is even harder.

Luckily I didn’t ruin this one.


The Upper Pasture, 8x10, oil

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Thanks for visiting,

Celene

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Thursday, May 24, 2018

Maine Sunday Morning, 9x12

It was nice to have some painting time again. Yesterday's rain made the gardens too wet to work in. I'm looking forward to more rainy days.

Maine Sunday Morning, 9x12, oil

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Thanks for visiting,

Celene

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Monday, April 30, 2018

Late Winter Snow, 5x7, oil

Late Winter Snow, 5x7, oil


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Celene

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Sunday, April 29, 2018

Woods Road, 6x8, oil

Woods Road, 6x8, oil
One of our favorite walks.


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Celene

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Saturday, April 28, 2018

Rainy Days and Bogart

Too many rainy days and too many Humphrey Bogart movies.

I do love the old "Film Noir". The Chiaroscuro lighting was fantastic.


The Meeting, 10x8, oil.

Remember "Here's looking at you, Kid" from Casablanca. One of my favorite movies.

There will probably be more of these paintings if it keeps raining.

Thanks for visiting,
Celene

This painting is available in my Ebay Store. 

Any of my paintings can be purchased directly through me, if you prefer. Please email me for more information.

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Friday, April 6, 2018

Almost Spring. April 6th.

This morning it was 19 degrees outside, climbed to 40 degrees by mid day and now at 6 PM it is snowing again. The large patches of bare ground are gone. My husband says there is still about three feet of snow in the woods.
We took a ride yesterday and, as I always do, I think of the colors I would use to paint what I see. The landscape colors were an assortment of browns and grays with a bit of olive green for the evergreens and raw sienna for the leaves that are still on the beech trees. I would choose a variety of grays for the bare trees and the birches. The old snow would be a mixture of grays and browns. Even the sky was a grayed blue. It sounds a bit dull, but there is a nice harmony of colors and a peaceful feeling to the bleakness. It reminds me of an old tweed coat, shabby and worn.
March in Maine is a long month. I once wrote that March was like an unruly child. Sweet and well mannered one day and temper tantrums the next. That was our March this year. It was a good time for spring cleaning both our house and my website, and my Ebay Store. The website and store are finished and the house is almost done. I have been working on small paintings for our daughter-in-law’s shop which will be re-opening for the season at the end of April.
I hope you had a good winter. Drop me a note and let me know what you have been up to. And let me know if there are any specific painting topics you would like to explore. I have been organizing my notes from our art classes and putting them together in one unit. It’s been a great refresher course for me. The study of painting is fascinating and you never stop learning. Just when you think you understand a certain aspect, you find that there is so much more. It’s a fascinating journey that just keeps getting better.
Stay well, thanks for visiting with me. Happy spring to you all.
Celene