Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Getting Stuck

Have you ever felt overwhelmed by a painting?  I know that oils take long (days) to finish, especially if you are working on large studio pieces.  Do you feel at times that the painting is not coming around the way you expected.. Well, I know it happens to me at times.  I sometimes get so engrossed with my painting and the excitement that I sometimes tend to overwork.  Or at times for some strange reason the painting just doesn't appeal to me.  I get stuck to the extent that I feel I should start fresh all over again.  But the pain of preparing a new panel with gesso helps me gain the courage to get my so called "trash" painting back to life.  And I dread the trash like most other artists.  So what do I do to make things work.........
Here are a few things I resolve to at the dreaded "trash" times..
1.  Once I get bogged down by a painting, I take a break from it.   Step back and look at it with no expectations at all.
2.  I take a few pictures with my digital camera.  This helps me figure out the defects like choice of color, getting focus, depth etc.  I try to get a fresh perspective on my painting.  This does help.  At times you may even start to feel great about your painting.
3.  After having figured out the flaw areas, I try to work on them.
4.  In the worst case if I am just not happy with the painting, I just start a new painting in order to refresh my mind.  And then revisit my old painting in a couple days or so.
5.  Do not give up on any painting.  Try to finish every painting you start.  Cause you never know;  if not you, somebody else may like it.

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Multnomah Falls

 
18 x 24 inches
oil on panel



....And its finally complete..ha!  I guess I'll call it complete for now.  Will take a break from it for a few days and try to get a perspective.  But I think its safe to take it off my easel. Thanks for visiting.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Multnomah Falls - day 2

This is the progress so far i have made on this painting. So far so good.  Fingers crossed.  This is a scene from a place called the Multnomah Falls in Oregon.  Its undoubtedly a spectacular waterfall.  Shall keep you posted with the updates. 

Monday, May 23, 2011

WIP-Multnomah Falls

 

This is my WIP of my current paintng.  Sorry, missed out on taking pics of the initial stages....Shall remember to do that in future :)  And I am enjoying oils :)

Friday, May 6, 2011

My first ever Oil paintng

 
18x24 inches
oil on panel
hi folks!....i had disappeared from the blogging scene for a long time.  I was actually dabbling with oils.  This is my first ever oil painting.  I haven't titled it yet.  It was challenging; primarily because the medium was new for me and secondly because I had never worked on sized bigger than 11x15 ....ha!....so was quite a challenge for me.  Enjoy my new painting.