8.05.2009

No Way!!!

San Francisco Street
8"x 10"
acrylic on masonite

I just spent the last four hours frantically(?) trying to start and finish my painting for submission to Karin Jurick's DSFDF challenge by 3:00pm PST. I didn't get it submitted until 3:30, was sure it was too late to be posted, but wanted to turn it in anyway.
I emailed my image to Karin and apologized for being late and she emailed me back and said it wasn't due until next week. :)

NO WAY!!!

I realized how hard it is for me to try to paint faster.

When I took life drawing classes and we drew 2min., 1min., and 30 sec. poses, I got good at quickly capturing the essence of the figure in a gesture drawing or a mass drawing. However, I have not practiced painting faster and had to find another way to get the painting done quickly.

Edit.

I don't need to include every detail. What is the minimum I need to make the painting work?

Simplify.

I can simplify how I paint the elements I choose to include. Squinting is very helpful here!

Okay, so, I didn't finish by my perceived deadline and the painting may not look very edited or simplified, but I was reminded of the importance of practicing quick sketches AND quick painting to see gestures, masses, value, color as a whole and not get too close and get lost in the details.

I have to admit, I'm very tempted to work back in to the painting and "finish" it.......hmmm...




20 comments:

Barb Hillier said...

It's perfect! Don't touch it. I just finished a painting that I put a time limit on and had way more fun doing it and think it turned out better...less may be best?

Dana Cooper Fine Art said...

Funny story Annie! As I read your initial post I though "Aw, I missed the deadline", but then I thought "it was going to be hard anyway".
You did a great job on this...I think you may be on to something!
I guess I will be doing it after all...probably.

dominique eichi said...

Oh yes deadline and i are buds maybe that why I procrastinate to the last minutes. My work is better too, that way. But you had me there I thought I had missed this one. Very nice piece, the overhaul feel is great.

Angela Elledge said...

This has your lovely painterly signature style all over it, beautiful! I'm glad I continued reading your post, had me convinced I had missed the deadline, as well.

Cathyann said...

Is it okay if I quote Dana?
I have that image on my desk waiting for me and since buildings are not my forte, I keep putting it off.
I agree with Barb. Let it be. Speaking from experience, the one sure way to ruin something is to go back and make it better! Better to do a whole new one freely and have fun, than spend hours cursing.
Happy painting!

Blair said...

Nice painting. You captured the light beautifully.

Blair said...

Nice painting. You captured the light beautifully.

Ann Rogers said...

Don't touch it...quick and hurried and squinting seemed to work for you on this one!

Marian MacKerer said...

Great painting! And congrats on FAV contest winner. i thought i recognized your name!

Mark Bridges said...

It looks nice. very 3d feel

Edward Burton said...

GREAT job with the challenge, Annie.

Claire said...

I wouldn't touch it - it is fresh and full of life! Like this a LOT!

Barbara Pask said...

I like it! I agree with others, don't touch it. It stood out on Karin's site. Very nice.

Ninalee said...

Sometimes I think the unedited pieces look the most fresh and interesting - yours definitely falls into these categories:) I like the final outcome a lot:)

Marilyn M. King said...

Wonderful character, if you go back you'll loose that! Believe me, I've done that and have the T-shirt!

I'm in the middle of this one and am trying my best to simplify - we'll see.....

Nithya Swaminathan said...

Great colors, love your shadows Annie. And congrats on the FAV contest, it was terrific!

James Parker said...

Yeah, Annie..like Dana, Angela and Dominique, you had me thinking "Whew, I missed the deadline". But no such luck...I'm still trying to figure out how to "humor tweak" this one. But you did a super job, and it doesn't need a thing. If you get a chance drop by for a "just for fun" blog..get a smile and a few "wows"

Becky Drees said...

I can totally relate to your post. "WALK AWAY FROM THE PAINTING..." It's really lovely.

adebanji said...

Great Piece! Love the vibrant colours and definition that runs throughout the painting!

Marian Fortunati said...

Beautiful painting and a great lesson!!

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