Sunday, February 21, 2010


Oil on Linen

There must be something about the light this time of year. I feel like I can't get my paintings exactly right. Maybe it's sunlight deprivation syndrome. Too much bright white every time I look out the window. Or maybe it's color deprivation syndrome.

The spring catalogs keep landing in the mailbox with pictures of daffodils and hyacinth. So I know that spring is coming. But I see no evidence of it. So I turned to my book of quotes and found this.

Faith is a bird that feels dawn breaking and sings while it is still dark.
Rabindranth Tagore

Spring really is coming. It's just a matter of faith.


neetzy said...

I understand. I am having light issues. The light looks right while I'm painting it. When I take it in my house it looks all wrong. I think we just don't have enough of it. I'm working on this painting (22x28). I keep messing with the sky. I want to exhibit it in my show, but it never looks right.

Manon Doyle said...

You paint light in a landscape so beautifully, Janelle. I'm always in awe when I look at your paintings!!

Betsy said...

This is beautiful! It may just be my new favorite!

We don't see any evidence of spring either. I'm not even going to think about spring for another 5-6 weeks, then I won't be disappointed! ha!

Jill Berry said...

This painting has a great mood!
Like that quote.
Keep the faith...

Marion said...

Oh, Janelle, your skies are so magnificent, they almost make me cry. It must feel awesome to be able to create such beauty!! I, too, am getting my seed catalogues in the mail. I save them all for use in my decoupage projects. LOL! I try to buy most of my seeds/plants locally. Thanks for sharing your amazing art. Blessings!!

Diane Hoeptner (hep-ner) said...

Ooh Janelle, me too, can't wait for Spring! Cleveland ain't pretty this time of year, there's no avoiding that... This landscape has a wonderful serene quality to it, nice dusky feeling. I like the smokey blues in the sky.

rahina q.h. said...

wow, talk about title and painting fitting like a glove! and the quote at the end just finsihes it all off. wonderful work Janelle!

Art with Liz said...

This has a lovely depth to it Janelle - love the colours and the light.

Janelle Goodwin said...

Hi Neetzy, It's amazing how paintings can look so different in certain light sources. And at night when all the lamps go on, they look different from daylight. I'm looking forward to seeing your painting and want to hear all about your show. How exciting!

Hi Manon, Thank you so much! (It's my constant goal.)

Hi Betsy, Thank you! And, yes, I think you have the right attitude about all the snow. Maybe I should just go outside and make snow angels :)!

Hi Jill, Thanks, and yes I'll just keep looking at the flower catalogs!

Hi Marion, Thank you. I would love to see some of your collage work. I've never had the patience for it, but enjoy seeing it!

Hi Diane, Just looking at all your beautiful flower paintings makes me feel like spring is near!

Hi Rahina, I'm wondering if you've had snow, since it seems to be everywhere.

Hi Liz, Thanks for your kind comment!

loriann said...

This one is a beauty, full of feeling.

Catherine Jeffrey said...

I agree with you about the conditions at this time of year. I try to paint the kind of atmosphere I can see out my window, but I have to say that I am just plain tired of gray colors, drizzle, snow, and the odd hint of sun. I decided to look through the photo archives and do a picture of spring rain.
I agree with everyone that the light in the painting looks wonderful, even if you can't see it. It is a "cool" warmth (if there is such a thing) and suggests more warmth is on the way. Great quote!

Celeste Bergin said...

beautifully golden

Janelle Goodwin said...

Hi Loriann, Full of feeling - now that's what I'm shooting for! Thanks!

Hi Catherine, Interesting that you picked up on the cool warmth. Because I used alizarin crimson (cooler) instead of pink brown. Now I need to go over and see your spring painting. Yes, we need spring!

Hi Celeste, Thanks!!!

Wildflower Studio (Michelle Dransart) said...

This is so lovely! wow! New here, nice to meet you :)