Sunday, January 5, 2014

My Painting #5 - Leslie Saeta's 30 Paintings in 30 Days - January 2014 Challenge

It's hard to believe that five days have already gone by with Leslie Saeta's painting challenge.

Okay, for this painting I would truly appreciate your 'critiques' in regards to what is working with this painting as well as what does not work.  I am having a bit of a struggle as to whether or not I like this one in any way.  I truly need feedback on this one as to what direction I need to go.  Do I stop and say it's complete just the way it is?  Or do I continue finding ways to improve?  SOS.  Help with this one please.  Or do I gesso over the entire thing and start from fresh.  Your comments are greatly needed and truly appreciated.

Oh, this one is painted on a wooden chalk board type item.  My mother loves shopping at thrift stores, and she picked this up for me because she thought it would make an wonderful painting surface.

Thanks for your help.  I look forward to receiving everyone's comments on this one for sure.

Happy Painting!  Cheers!  and ... Break a Bristle

Joan

18 comments:

  1. Oh my gosh, this is so beautiful Joan! It kind of reminds me of Byzantine art, with the all gold hues, facial expression, and round face. And I love the hand gesture of her thinking and contemplating on something. And the black border really makes your painting pop. Such a gorgeous piece Joan! :)

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    1. Thank You, Samara. I will have to look up "Byzantine Art". Not really sure what style this is or whether or not I have seen it. After reading all the comments from everyone, I am SO glad that I didn't gesso over the entire piece!

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  2. I love this piece! Everything works as it is and that surface with frame is just exquisite!

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    1. Thank you so much for your comments. It truly is very helpful reading reviews so that I can figure out where to go from here on this painting. Thanks for stopping by. Again... I am SO glad I didn't gesso over this piece!

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  3. Sometimes it is hard to tell from a photo. I like the arrangement of line and color, the pensive or thoughtful look she has and the position of her fingers. The thing I see the most is that the top part of the substrate looks more detailed and colorful than the painting below. The flowers in her hair seem to have more color than her lips and the flowers on her dress. I would like to see more color in her face but like I said, it could be the photo. I certainly would not gesso over her.

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    1. I have a very bad habit ... when I don't know where to go with a painting to just gesso over the whole thing! So glad I asked for help on this one because I truly needed it. Thank you for your suggestions. I agree...I think I will add more layers of color to the flowers in her hair and dress as well as her lips and possibly the eyes, too. Thank you so much.

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  4. I hope the comment works on this browser... for some odd reason commenting with Chrome is not working so switched to firefox... Love the division of the painting.. works well.. the uppper panel seems to steal the show... painted well and strong... feel the portrait need to get the attention... maybe some darker areas.. perhaps in the eyes!!! Did the format come with the divisions? Love your definition of ART!!!

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    1. Yes, I see it now. I do need to make her the more dominant feature. I love your suggestions to make some of the areas darker so that she is the one who will 'steal the show'.

      Yes, the divisions were already there. This substrate is some sort of wooden message/note board that my mother found at a thrift store and she was all excited to give it to me to paint on. My mother loves shopping at the senior thrift store near where she lives :)

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  5. Happy New Year Joan! It's great to see you are doing Leslie's challenge again! I am impressed. I actually like this piece as it is, but it's hard to say for sure without seeing it up close. It's awesome how you painted it to match your substrate...very artsy. I like the funkiness of her look...the disproportions are intriguing. I know some would say to keep layering on the color, and yes you could. But sometimes less is more. It all depends on your preference I think, but I would not paint over it. Very cool, funky girl!

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    1. Hey Lisa!

      Happy New Year, too!! I totally agree with the less is more. So that is why I am going to very carefully add little layers of more color to the flowers, hair, eyes...I like the idea to make her 'pop' more...but in a subtle way...so I will try thin layers at first.

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  6. Happy Sunday Joan! I love this beautiful Senorita! Serious thinking going on there. The only thing I would suggest is to bring out her eyes and lips a bit. Just a little. When I think of your art, bold, luscious colors come to mind. I love the aged, rustic feel you have created!
    How wonderful for your Mom to find this for you! I love the frame!
    Happy painting my friend :)

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  7. Hey There Sheila!

    You are right. I do lean towards bolder colors.... maybe that is why this one is so difficult for me! I am going to try and brighten up the flowers, eyes, hair in a subtle way, though. Have a fun Sunday!

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  8. I just wanted to thank all of you for commenting on this particular post. I was truly having a 'moment' about this painting and after reading all of these comments, I am excited to add tiny layers of more paint to help make her the center of attention. I'm thinking that if I go slowly by adding little bits of color here and there I won't ruin her!

    Wish me luck everyone! And thank you to each and everyone of your for taking the time to post a comment on this one!

    Lots of Hugs to you!

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    1. Plus, all of your comments were extremely helpful so that I didn't bring out the gesso!

      (This is a bad habit that I need to break!! ) Hmmm...A New Year Resolution for sure!

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  9. Hey Joan ;o) I am late! Tones of snow shoveling and it's so cold!
    Personally, I love the colors in this. I love her face and how you have her hand. Maybe put more color around the chest area? Otherwise, I think you have done wonderful ;o) Big Hugs ;o)

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    1. Now you be careful with all that snow!! It's a hard job for sure. I remember those shoveling days!! Yep, with this one it is a real puzzlement for me. I think I should put her away for a while and return to see what I think of her later, cuz I truly don't trust myself with the gesso near by!! :)

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  10. Hello Joan, I liked this the minute I saw it, a subdued painting of a subdued lady, but a strong painting and an unusual one.

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  11. Hey There Sheila,

    Thank you. Yep... with this one I just kept pondering on what in the world to do next! A head scratcher for sure.

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