Monday, April 2, 2018

Front Stoop Refreshment

SOOO lovely, after waking to the brittle fricative click-click of sleet on our skylights last Wednesday, to have the day warm enough by early afternoon that I could take myself outdoors to make finishing touches on my Core Values patch-du-jour while sitting on our front 'stoop.'

The fact that Core Values is by no means a lap-sized project? No matter.

Birdsong.

Fresh air.

Neocolor pastels softened by the sun.

Heaven.

newest patch painted onto grid-format work-in-progress
detail from patch
patch in the "big picture"—
working title: Core Values




12 comments:

  1. So glad you got a little warmth and could play outside. Hope you had a pleasant holiday with family. Thanks for the whole picture of Core Values. You certainly have a lot going on here. So far I feel that the bottom right square catches the eye . I keep going back there among the " branches"! Love the diagonal in your new patch. Very strong element. love the browns. What is holding the canvas?

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    1. Carol, we've been getting just enough patches of warm, and just enough peepers peeping, and just enough plants poking their noses out of the soil to keep us singing a song of spring. Yes, lovely low-key holiday weekend. Hope you enjoyed holiday with family also.

      Indeed, all sorts of everything going on with Core Values!

      The browns and strong diagonal in the new patch were fun.

      I propped my canvas against our lightpost to photograph! And had to snap my shot quickly between bursts of wind.

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    2. Meant the canvas itself. Wrapped or cut and supported on board?
      We had a lovely Seder, small but nice! My youngest and family have gone for a half year to far east!

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    3. Oh! My 'canvas' itself is a sizable piece of foam core that was passed on to me by friends who purchased a home from a now elderly artist who used to paint on foam core. I elected to play with it as is, rather than cut it down to smaller sized pieces.

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  2. This patch would be a strong painting all on its own! And hooray for stoop painting and a little warmth....

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    1. I agree that this patch has stand-alone stature. But, I'm painting myself into some kind of 'corner—how will I ever bring myself to cover over this layer, as was my original intention? Stay tuned. At the very lieast, I think I'll hang Core Values in its patchwork stage as a painting in its own right for awhile before making next decisions.

      Yes, hooray for stoop painting and a little warmth whenever it comes our way!

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  3. I love seeing your patches and I love to see your house behind it!

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  4. So happy for your warmth and JOYful outdoor creating. :) Dotty this is a masterpiece all on its own. Wonderful marks and scratchies. Line, pattern, texture, warmth!! And those lovely pops of blue (?) that catch my eye. AND the fact that some are round and some are square. Perfecto!

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    1. Before I forget I've been meaning to mention for days now that the bookmark I'm using to coordinate with the novel I'm currently reading is a piece of your art, the first you ever sent me : )

      I love this piece, too! The pops of blue are a pale gray that reads blue, especially in this context. Love that you noticed both the round and square pops. Thank you for your input.

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  5. This has such richness of colour. Love the variation in stripes and the one diagonal breaking up a portion of the painting. Beautiful marks & textures & the subtle touches of blue - perfect! Thanks for the 'big' picture of Core Values - is so interesting to see them all together - squares of more intense, brighter values and then the ones with more neutral mixes and small touches of colour added. Glad you enjoy some outdoor painting time!

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    1. Janet, isn't it funny how rich in color a monochromatic piece can be? I really enjoyed working on this one, and I'm paying attention to when that feeling of contentedness comes along. Sometimes I think I 'fight' certain kinds of painting b/c I feel 'less' like an 'artist.' Anyway, had a good time with this one; the particular challenges it offered up engaged me happily.
      That one diagonal, the marks, the texture, the subtle touches of blue all resonated with me as I worked.

      The big picture—not sure what to make of it! Happily, when starting this big piece I set no goal beyond filling the canvas in some way, as early layers for later painting, so I'm not giving more than a passing nod to how the patches work together or not.

      Yes, love when I paint outdoors.

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