Thursday, March 26, 2009

More process I really shouldn't show!

I'm not through with this painting yet, even if I left it this realistic. I slapped some yellows in those negative areas around the trees and got carried I either need to change that whole area to the right or get carried away with more grays again over the yellows. Maybe that would work.......who knows. ??? But if I have a lot of yellows in all that background, then I have to start unifying the foreground more for that relationship.

Oh yeah...wasn't meaning that this was the view I painted, just that being surrounded by this (this picture is one from one of my studio windows)all the time is showing up in the shapes of the paintings. The shapes in the painting reminds me more of the bare crape myrtles off my front porch than the other trees around here.........especially now that they have leafed out so much.

I do know that living over here in the midst of a lot more of what nature bestows on us WILL influence my work. However, I'm not planning to become a realistic painter. AND to many this isn't realistic at all........but to me it is way too much. So look now as it may be gone by next week. I heard cows mooing back and forth past the house last night as I went to sleep............hope that doesn't mean a cow is going to invade my paintings. If they do, I'll just paint over them.


  1. Hey Cheryl,
    I love it! I wish I could paint the landscape like you do!
    Ido know what you mean about the realism....I am in the process of taking the figure and abstracting it and I seem to always have to start with the figure rather realistically and then bury it in layers and unearth the good parts and leave the rest covered, and redefine etc. Often it is so abstract it does not even read as a figure but more the essence of the figure. More or less just shapes. I guess it is a valid process so perhaps you are on the same path as I am. You know I never take the easy route anyway! Hee heee I know it will be beautiful, I cannot wait to see it finished! Good work! See you at Colony!

  2. Cathy..........I went to the studio yesterday and just stared at it off and on, took a nap and hemmed two pair of pants since all my sewing stuff is up there since moving. I still haven't touched it but I know the large amounts of yellow will go.
    Now I'm off to Dallas to pick up and take work, go to a museum show and have a couple of days away. When I return it will still be waiting for me.