Saturday, July 4, 2009

Back to the Easel


Afloat
6 x 6
oil on doorskin

Am finally back to painting after being away for almost a month and it was very scary picking up the brushes again and having to reintroduce myself to my paints. A perfect start was the latest DSFDF subject by Karin Jurick which didn't inspire me a bit since I've now got hundreds of resource photos from our latest trip to France. Couldn't help putting a Mediterranean look to this scene. As usual once I started painting the fun began and I realized it doesn't really matter what the subject is. More importantly it is about color, value, line, intensity, shapes, composition and playing with all of these! I got so carried away and put so much paint down it wasn't sticking and I decided it was time to put this one aside and move on but I did really enjoy it - thanks again Karin for the challenge.

13 comments:

Sheila said...

Love the colors, the compositions, the way you rendered the water and ripples....all of it!

Caroled said...

Love the free brush strokes... doesn't look like you've been away from them....water is really great!!

maria said...

I really like the cropping and loose feel

Claire said...

This is beautifully painted, love the looseness of the brushstrokes and the color.

Ann Gorbett said...

Lovely color and composition. A great jump back into painting. Keep at it!

Kristen Reitz-Green said...

I love the looseness of your painting. I'ts so easy to get too tight and you didn't at all. It's beautiful!

Irina said...

I discovered your blog from DSFDP. Liked your lifesaver very much. Then I looked all the paintings of your blog, I think that they are great, talented and individual.

L.Holm said...

Beautiful work, Barb. Your joy in painting this comes through. Great work!

Barb Hillier said...

Thanks so much everyone for all the kind comments. It does feel good to get back to this community and the inspiration and support found here. I look forward to visiting everyone's blogs as soon as I get back into the swing of things.

dominique eichi said...

what a great entry for DSFDF. I love your reflections.

Glenda Mosher said...

Very nice brush work!! I also like your cropping of this picture.

Bill Gavin said...

Bright and sunny. Nice color and values.

Glenda Mosher said...

What a delightful interpretation of this challenge!