Painting About How I Felt on My Birthday

This is the beginning of a painting started yesterday celebrating  my new birthday, one year after cancer surgery. I am one happy camper. Now I have a few paintings I’ve started. That is the easy part. I have to go back in and adjust or take care of areas that don’t work. This gets tricky because each stroke I make changes the whole painting, so I have more problems to solve. As, Henry J. Kaiser used to say, “Problems are opportunities in work clothes.”

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We are going backwards here. The top image is the last one painted. This is the first painting I’ve done in over a year. Here is your official notification Terry,  http://terrygreenepainting.wordpress.com/paintings-2011/  I’ve been following Terry’s just another painter blog. Gail, http://www.gailtrobertson.com/helped get me to this point, also. This little series of 6″ x 8″ images started out with me going to to a friend’s house and making collages. I didn’t know what I was doing – no inspiration. I came home with nothing. The next morning at 5 am I was tearing up magazines. Abstract eight – Shadow was born. That reminded me of a photograph I had taken showing the shadow of a sculpture in my apartment. Early morning sun hit the stone sculpture in a way that created a soft realistic shadow of a nude.

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“March 16 2010
The “slurpiness of the oil paints” – love that perfect description! 🙂 What’s particularly effective here is that there’s a good graphic-design element going on here, with the strong diagonal lines from lower left to upper right, with the other lines, curves, etc., contributing to the overall abstract pattern. The natural lighting sure contributed to the fantastic colors and details. A good job, too, in ensuring a good depth of field – sharpness throughout the scene, since all parts are equally important. Way to go with this abstract Masterpiece, Carla