Thursday, April 28, 2016

Knowing When to Stop

Took out a start yesterday and eyed it for quite awhile before adding anything.

And then made a conscious decision to stop before I added too much.

Love the smudges of red that came into the composition unintentionally as I worked.

Ready and waiting to serve in its role as postcard:

Postcard 22
4x5", acrylic, ink, and wax pastels on manila stock
abstract
2016
[not for sale]

10 comments:

  1. I like what this looks like. I chuckled where you said you decided to stop before you added too much. It brought me back to our scrap-booking mantra years ago, "less is more." I agree!

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    1. Yes! The scrapbooking mantra carries its weight to this day! Thanks for stopping by to comment on my newest postcard : )

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    2. Great title for the design and the knowledge behind it!

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    3. Thanks, Gillian! Great fun playing with pattern, texture, color and simplicity here. I don't know if you've read past posts about my postcards—during the last six months of my mom's life last year, I wrote her a handmade postcard (usually cut from old calendar posters) every few days. In January I began painting my postcards and sending one to my dad about every 5 days or so. They make terrific, small, low-risk canvases for me to experiment.

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  2. OOOUUUUU!!!!!!!!!!!!! Such a surprise, opening the email to be greeted by such awesomeness! Bold and dramatic, but softened perfectly by your smudgy finger painting. LOVE it!

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    1. Love that you're enjoying with me both the graphic bold-and-dramatic AND the soft smudgy fingerpainting. Thanks, Sheila!

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  3. Dotty this is so much different than what you were struggling with, when, yesterday? It's great. Love the composition.

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    1. Thanks for your comments, Ann. I'm all over the place, wouldn't you say? I remember waaaaay back before our retreat weekend at Sylvia's, you asked her to send pix of a few of her paintings, and you commented that she already had a style. I'm thinking I don't have a style YET!!!

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  4. Dotty, I LOVE LOVE LOVE this!! You continue to force me to say "my new favorite"! :)

    And it's great as your banner!

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    1. Thanks, thanks, thanks, Laurie—laughing that you keep changing your "favorite"! I seem to have a bit of graphic design in me, don'tcha think?

      Thanks for noticing my changed banner. I'd selected the previous painting because I wanted to feature a painting done in my early days pre-blog, but I wasn't loving it as my banner, so time to change!

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