Monday, September 6, 2010

TAKING FLIGHT


6x9 oil on canvas

Taking Flight is a companion to Tolerance. On my summer break I tried a little exercise of limiting my painting time on smaller canvases. This is one of those paintings where I layed down the brushes when I reached 45 minutes to an hour, a very difficult thing to do for someone who likes to fuss over details. I think the color seen here, at least on my monitor, is closer to the true painting than what is seen in Tolerance.

I've tried a variety of palettes and my favorite is the grey disposable palette, I like that I can write directly on the paper with a sharpie. For a while I saved those palettes because there were important notes I liked to reference. Well, that soon became a pile of papers that was difficult to flip through and I eventually trashed it all, including my notes. I just happened to have an extra moleskine and realized that would be the most perfect place to include color studies and my notes. So two fruitful things this summer, limiting individual painting time and recording my color studies and notes in a more organized manner. What did you learn this summer while painting?

11 comments:

Thoughtfully blended hearts said...

I like it...a lot!!!

Diana Marshall said...

Love this one, superb!

martinealison said...

Très jolie peinture...

sam said...

Good idea Angela, love the composition of this painting and those subtle colours. Well I learn something every week so it seems, so I wont list them all! Oils over acrylics has been the biggest new thing Ive done I guess)

AutumnLeaves said...

Another fabulous piece, Angela. Oh to have that placid obdurate-ness of a cow! I have learned that you can't singe the edges of Bristol board. At least not well.

Linda Popple said...

This is very nice, Angela! The white of the bird against the grays of the background and cow is beautiful. The bird has such a beautiful shape!

Dana Cooper said...

Angela, your discipline to grow as an artist is always admirable. I really like the palette you used in this piece.

Diane Hoeptner (hep-ner) said...

Great lessons that will serve you well! I love the palette of this painting, lovely warm grays.

Lynn Lancaster said...

I enjoy your art and I especially enjoyed the article on your aunt.

Caroline Bray Art said...

That's amazing, I could never paint this in a hour! Great composition and I think those free strokes for highlights on the cow just make it. I've really enjoyed this piece, thank you for sharing!

Mitzi Easley said...

Beautiful Angela. and great idea on the Moleskin... i'm still in the "big stack that's hard to get through" stage!