Sunday, March 28, 2010

Edge of Day

Edge of Day
Oil on Linen
20x16

This is a larger painting I did from my smaller study that I showed two weeks ago here. I've found that it's almost impossible to do a painting exactly like another. There are always variables such as my mood, weather and what music I'm listening to that day. I think of each painting as "what was happening at that time".

A wonderful blogger, Catherine Jeffrey asked what kind of music I listen to. If you haven't had a chance to check out her blog, you're in for a treat. I swear I can hear what's going on in her paintings. Anyway, that got me to thinking that I'm all over the place when listening to painting music. Rock, alternative, classical, country, new age. It goes on and on. Lately, I've become addicted to Josh Groban. I resisted listening to him for years and now love his voice. I try to start out each painting with a little Josh.

What kind of music inspires you when you paint? I would love to know!


15 comments:

Marion said...

Beautiful painting, Janelle. I love the way you capture light. When I do my crafts and decoupage, I listen to either public radio or classic rock on the radio. I'm probably one of the few people on earth who doesn't have an Ipod! Blessings!!

Joan Breckwoldt said...

Your paintings are beautiful Janelle. I think you have found your voice! It's interesting about listening to music, I don't hear anything when I paint, I tune everything out (even the phone) so I don't bother with music. :)
Joan

pepe said...

Good job :)

neetzy said...

Sometimes I purposely do a painting twice to work out the problems I had with the first one. It is usually fresher and looser, but on occasion the opposite happens.

Lately I've been listening to Modest Mouse and Vampire Weekend. I guess you would consider it alternative rock. I've done some of my best paintings to Miles Davis. Unfortunately my studio CDs tend to get a little dirty after a while.

Karen said...

Interesting question! I most love the sounds of nature as I'm outside...but I kind of like the 'music' of the city streets outside my studio...in some way the world moving outside helps me feel that much more 'inside' in my painting.

Love the new big version, too. I think they do get better the second time around!

Kathleen Krucoff said...

Another beautiful painting Janelle. I love the warmth in these...I know I keep saying that about them, but it's so true. They are gorgeous!

I'm very partial to jazz, like Brian Culberston, Joe Sample...and then I vary it up to Ottmar Leibert's guitar or Loreena McKinnett's Irish songs or David Benoit's fantastic piano mixes. These are just a few of the musical artists I listen to when I work.

Judith Reidy said...

It is interesting to study the slight change in light and how that change effects the emotional feel of the scene.

Nice variation.

loriann said...

This one is even better than the smaller painting Janelle. Beautiful work.
As for music...en plein air just nature (even if I sometimes act like I am listening with earplugs in my ears-connected to nothing-that way people are less likely to talk to me). In the studio usually opera or recently, Edith Piaf.

Janelle Goodwin said...

Hi Marion, Ha, I don't have an iPod either, although I think I want one for Christmas this year. Blessings to you too!

Hi Joan, Oh, the phone. Good idea to tune that out. This tonalism style feels right to me. Thanks!

Hi Pepe, Thanks for your comment!

Hi Neetzy, I need to check out Modest Mouse and Vampire Weekend. Sounds interesting. Miles Davis is a good one. My CD player tends to get oil paint on the buttons (yeck).

Hi Karen, City music, I love it! That is a comforting sound, hearing the hustle bustle of the city. Hopefully, this version is looser than the first. Maybe because all the kinks are worked out in the first. Thanks!

Hi Kathleen, I appreciate your input. And you've given me the names of some artists to check out. I'm familiar with Loreena McKennit and do love her stuff. But I'm always on the lookout for new music as it fuels my work. Thanks!

Hi Judith, You're very observant to notice that in the sky. But then you're a tonalist yourself and do some beautiful work. Thanks!

Hi Loriann, I admire you plein air painters who need to find tactics to keep people from disturbing you. From now on I'll picture you in your studio listening to opera. Love it!

Catherine Jeffrey said...

This painting has a little different feel to it than the previous one, but both are beautifully meditative. This painting looks earlier in the day. Duplicating a painting is sooo difficult.
I listen to a mixed bag as you do. I usually start with jazz. When I get tired of that, I will sometimes go to country. Usually in the afternoon if I'm getting tired, I will put on the blues nice and loud.
Thanks for you kind words about my blog and paintings!

Gary Keimig said...

Great color and light. The new version really sings.
Good job.
Love listening to old folk music and soft Irish. Intrumentals will do it for me too but sometimes it is just great to open my window[summer and listen to the river and the many birds including the waterfowl.

susan hong-sammons said...

I love that you used your smaller piece as your muse and didn't just copy it. Each piece has its own identity but related to each other. The mood is very provocative

Janelle Goodwin said...

Hi Catherine, I agree that duplicating a painting is nearly impossible, at least for me. Your work is an inspiration to me.

Hi Gary, Thanks for letting me know what you listen to while you paint. I bet you hear beautiful nature outside the window where you live.

Hi Susan, I like what you said about the first painting being the muse to the second. I never thought of it that way, but it's so true!

FireLight said...

Janelle, your work is so soothing and dreamy and just darn gorgeous. The only reason I can think that I have not been back here is maybe because I want to buy all of these paintngs! And Oh!!, Edge of Day is so lovely...I just want to step right into it!
Thank you for your kind words for Gracie! She is resting well right here at my feet. We are all so happy to have her back in the house!

Ron Guthrie said...

Hi Janelle,
I love tonalist work and you have some really wonderful pieces here on your blog. This one is a really nice piece and has such a great sense of calm to it...very nice work Janelle!

By the way...funny comment about paying for lunch with your daughter, hahahaha.
Ron