Friday, March 4, 2011

Convincing Conclusion

The new version of the old painting is done. I'm waiting for the OK from the art consultant, but I don't know what else I could have done to paint it differently.

Ooooo - new version - 2011 - oil and cold wax on canvas, 36"x36"


It looks a little different from the original, but unless you toggled back and forth between the two versions, I don't know that you would notice much of a change. This one is not as slick as it appears in this photo and the old version is not as sketchy as it appears in its image. (You can see the old one here.) It looks good in person and the color is a bit stronger in some places. (By the way, you can click on the images to enlarge them.)


Ooooo detail of the new version

Yellow is a hard color to capture and you can see that the yellow ground looks very different between the image of the full painting and the detail. Actually, neither one is really accurate, but the detail is probably closer to the truth.

At some point during the painting yesterday, I decided that the piece had to stand or fall on its own - enough with the copying; let's make a painting. I remembered my favorite painting teacher, Rob Moore, talking about a painting having to be convincing. And before anyone else can be convinced, the artist has to reach that point. I had to be convinced that the painting had reached its conclusion and made sense to me. Well, I'm there.

10 comments:

slowmuse said...

Nancy, thanks for sharing this journey with us. I find the whole thing very compelling.

Lynette Haggard said...

Oooooooo... they will love it!

Gwendolyn Plunkett said...

It looks great to me. Interesting how difficult it is to capture the "real color" of paint in a photo. Yellow and red in particular. And thanks for sharing.

Martha Marshall said...

There's not a lot of difference between them, but I think you succeeded in breathing life into the new one. It's beautiful.

I love how you decided in the end to just "make a painting!"

CMC said...

I'm with Lynette.... they will love it.

Nancy Natale said...

Thank you, everybody. It's been a real learning process for me and I'm glad you shared it with me.

Wendy Wolfe Rodrigue said...

I'm convinced. It's a wonderful piece. Reminds me of some advice my artist still quotes from architect A. Hays Town: 'Treat your painting as though it is a jewel; it it's precious to you as you work on it, it will be precious to others as well.' Thanks for sharing the process-

Binnie said...

ditto what Lynnette said :)

Mary Zeran said...

thank you! That quote about being convinced is so true. As usual. Fantastic post!

Terry Jarrard-Dimond said...

Congratulations! I think you nailed it.