Friday, February 27, 2009

Bad Technology Day

Original Study of Lincoln Marsh River
8x10

I was calm when I got up this morning.  Really. But I've been having a bad technology day.  Seems everything I touch, that has to do with technology, refuses to cooperate.   Even the toaster refuses to work right.  Okay, I'm done complaining.  Not really.

The small painting above is one I did of Lincoln Marsh.  I messed up the color corrector on my iPhoto, so it looks a little different in the photo than it does in real life.  The point I was trying to make is that I sometimes use small paintings as references for bigger paintings.  I find it helps me to focus in on the joy of painting when the composition, values and colors are already worked out.  Every once in a while I need to get a big painting out of my system.  Usually these bigger paintings look very different from the smaller ones.  The small study is a jumping off point to the bigger one.  It's easy to expand on the larger canvas.  I feel more freedom painting larger.  


Lincoln Marsh River
22x28

I think I'll stay away from technology for the rest of the day.  Thank goodness there's no technology involved in painting!

16 comments:

Cara Dawn Romero said...

Both paintings are beautiful but I have to tell you I am very drawn to the smaller one for some reason...

susan hong-sammons said...

really lovely. I like how you use your plein air piece as start point, not and end, for your studio works.

Karen said...

Really interesting! Your post is timely for me, too, as I was just today making a larger version of a smaller one (not that much larger though). I want to try another one to, as you say, use it as a jumping off place...and let it get much different. But, at least the ice is broken. So glad to see this post, very inspiring.

THEARTBRUSH said...

Good strong,beautiful paintings.
Pete,theartbrush

Laurel Daniel said...

Both of these paintings are really satisfying and each has it's own feeling! Forget technology, just keep painting!!! :)

Pochade.co.uk said...

loving these works. amazing colour work

Janelle Goodwin said...

Hi Cara, Thanks so much. My husband likes that one too. They are very different.

Hi Susan, I need to work things out before I go bigger. Thanks for your comment.

Hi Karen, You gave me the idea for this post when you asked if that was how I worked. Funny I never realized it before. You ask the best questions. When I'm done, I'm checking out your post!

Hi Pete, Thanks so much for your comments and stopping by!

Hi Laurel, I think they each have their own feeling too. I would love to forget technology most of the time. Thanks so much.

Dear Pochade, Thanks so much for your comments from across the pond!

Sheila Vaughan said...

Wonderful variety in your colours Janelle but a totally harmonious whole in each case. You have atmospheric softness and strength at the same time. Lovely.

Jala Pfaff said...

Fantastic work! I'm that way with technology, too...

Janelle Goodwin said...

Hi Sheila, Thanks so much for your thoughtful comments!

Hi Jala, Thanks. I'm glad I'm not the only one who wrestles with technology!

Silver said...

When your page opened up and my eyes saw your paintings, i think my heart skipped a beat. It's gorgeous., especially the first one. You mentioned it looked a little different from the original? But this one looks really good.

brian eppley said...

I really like the 8x10. The freshness of the massing and spontaneous color usage is exquisite.

Janelle Goodwin said...

Hi Silver, The smaller painting isn't quite as dark as it appears on the screen. I'll have to try shooting again. Thanks for your kind comments!

Hi Brian, Thanks so much for your feedback. I really need it!

neetzy said...

These are little beauties!

I'm so glad I'm not the only one with technology problems! I have so many photos that I can't do anything with.

I use plein air pieces as start points as well. Sometimes the finished piece looks nothing like to original.

Loriann Signori said...

Janelle, Both painting are beautiful and very different That is a good thing. It means the larger piece had a complete "life of its own." There are wonderful parts to each. I love the rich color choices you made in the smaller plein air piece. The exciting color in water/trees as they lead back entice me to stay and look more. It really keeps the eye traveling back and wondering. Hmmmm. The larger one does a similar thing with the lacy, peek-a-boo trees. Two successes. Brava!

Janelle Goodwin said...

Hi Neetzy, The photos you have on your site are beautiful. I love the one of the doggies!

Hi Loriann, Thanks for your thoughtful comments. I might try another large painting closer to the original study. The composition is better, I think.