Thursday, March 15, 2018

Trying My Darnedest

I'm working on a little something new today, once again painting over an old painting both for the fun of it and as part of my #paintoutwinter project. I'm trying my darnedest to get spring to arrive sooner rather than later. Winter has been pushing back big time in my neck of the woods, but I maintain that spring will nonetheless arrive earlier than it would have otherwise.

Grabbed a 6x6" painting from 2015,

Morning on the Marram
2015

wrote some thoughts on it,

old painting with overlay of writing

painted a grid format, traced some heart shapes,

layered work in progress

stopped for today.




18 comments:

  1. OOOOH, I love the way you give your old paintings a second life! Curious where this will go!

    Here in the Netherlands winter is also fighting back, but I'm sure: spring will come soon!

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    1. Simone, I feel free and light as I thank these old paintings for their place in my life and then let them take me somewhere new. I am so grateful to have moved beyond whatever preciousness they previously held (and they did!). Thank you for your enthusiasm.

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  2. As always, it is fascinating to see the progress on your paint-overs! This one does not disappoint! What's next? Don't leave us hanging!!!! ACK!

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    1. You won't be left hanging long, Jen! This one has a deadline : )

      These paint-overs are fun.

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  3. As the others have said, it’s fascinating to see your paint-overs. I love the colorful hearts!

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    1. Thanks for your interest in my paint-overs, Joje. I take pleasure each time I paint one because the idea would have been unthinkable three years ago and now it's just good playful fun.

      Your comment made it through without a side trip through spam—that's twice in a row. Yay!!!

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  4. I love the idea of scribbling over an old painting. I liked the oldie by th way, but give you lots credit for leaving behind, to move forward! Missed this post and saw the new Valentine's card first, so instantly knew where this was leading.

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    1. I wish I'd remember more often to write a bunch of stuff on my substrate before starting to paint.

      Amusingly, the 'oldie' that was the start for the above was itself a paintover! See 7/19/15 for the original.

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    2. Went on the journey back! Found a very haunting painting! Especially the background showing through the window of the house! STRONG!

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    3. Glad you enjoyed going back thru the time tunnel, Carol, and that you had strong reactions to the original painting. Fun for me to revisit also.

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  5. Seeing this backwards. Dotty, I so admire you ability to disown old works. Your faith in your ability to transform and "recreate" are always inspiring! Oops, forgot to tell you, that the final piece, and title, sent me off on a 30 minute Youtube concert tour of the Everly's. LOL. :) Grew up listening to that thanks to my Dad. For now, Bye, bye love! hahaha

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    1. Sheila, thanks for the affirmation re my 'disowning' of old works. I am caught by surprise to even be known to have the ability to do so, since I do not go lightly into letting go in any area of my life!

      I knew you'd have fun with the Everlys link, Sheila!

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  6. So interesting seeing you take the old and create new. Even more interesting to see where your painting life has it's roots. As for winter - I feel your pain!

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    1. Hi, Janet! I am surprisingly nourished and stimulated by taking the old, looking back at those painting roots, thanking my painting life for its gifts to date, and creating new on top of the old—being able to move in this way is relatively new for me.

      How is winter—well, spring actually!, in your neck of the woods at this point?

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    2. The first day of spring here was gorgeous - not a cloud in the sky ('bluebird sky') and we were out in our sweaters shovelling snow and playing with the dogs. We are expecting more snow tomorrow and possibly Friday - we have been in desperate need of moisture - our pastures were bone dry in the fall and the fire hazard was causing some sleepless nights. We have at least a couple of feet of snow in areas which is great - but thinking ahead we are hoping for a slow melt and rain in June (our 'monsoon' season') but no flooding please! - our community was hard hit in 2013 -it is built by a river and many families lost their homes and several businesses closed - we are further west on a hill with good drainage around our home. We have not experienced the ferocity of your 'nor'westers' - which seem to be coming your way on a regular basis! I thought I heard today your area was expecting another storm - I hope I misheard and you too are enjoying some spring like weather. Enjoying your posts and your art - very inspiring!!

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    3. Janet, loved hearing about your first day of spring! Ours was cold and wintry. I hope you get the precipitation you need to offset fire hazard conditions. In our neck of the woods, yes, we're getting our 4th storm of significance in three weeks starting later today, although it is sounding like it may be less ferocious than was originally predicted.

      Glad to hear that you've been enjoying my posts and art. Have you been painting at all???

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    4. Just put up a post today - went back to landscapes - not a good choice - painted it out and started anew - another dog - learning a lot from our 4 legged friends - I am a much happier painter!! So enjoying your painting and descriptions of same - I envy and love (at the same time) your approach to painting Dotty. Look forward to you next post - take care oxo

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    5. I'm heading to your post right now. Can't wait to see what you've been u to. Love that you painted out your pass at a landscape and greeted another dog. Your dogs still suprise me because I first met you through you landscape paintings and still 'identify' them with you.

      Thanks for the affirming/encouraging words about my approach to painting. For the first half-dozen decades (plus a handful of pocket change) of my life I never painted and never had any thought of doing so, and when I DID begin painting nearly 4 years ago I NEVER thought I'd go abstract, and you'd have had to threaten me with my life to get me to paint over something.

      So many surprises!

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