Thursday, November 19, 2009

Over the river & through the woods!

I've been painting with the Columbia Art Gallery's small works show in mind. This painting came out as I'd hoped. Submit this one?....the fun of deciding which pieces to take to the gallery can't happen until all the possible paintings are lined up. It is then when it becomes clearer if a painting isn't quite "there". I'm better at editing my work than a few years ago. I remember distinctly being very confused about which painting was better or worse than another. No objectivity. I would have my neighbor come over to tell me! He is not a visual artist per se....but he works in wood and he has a good eye. One time he asked me what an object was in one of my paintings. Oops! move that one to the do-not-take stack. Even though I do not feel as befuddled about which of my paintings are stronger/weaker I might still ask him over..just to see if he agrees with me. Do you have a friend who is your "art barometer?"

10 comments:

B Boylan said...

You hit that one on the head, Celeste. Befuddled? Yup, I am still that way. I love a good critique with Gretha. We are frankly honest with each other and supportive in our efforts.

Caio Fernandes said...

i am SOOOOO jealous of you now Celeste .
i have never painted snow ....
and this painting is so pretty . so involving .
the colors you have used for this ....
a dream .

Jim Serrett said...

Wow, very nice. Wonderful composition and color use.

It is always good to have some input on a piece, and it certainly helps decide which work is stronger. But it often surprises me which work people like best in a show.
It seems the one they like best is never the one I would think. And I usually end up seeing a part of a painting I did not appreciate before.

So I think your approach is best, to see the body of work together and pick what represents your creative vision.

ArtSparker said...

You make color look so easy...something I could study for a hundred years and not understand.

Gary Keimig said...

Very nice Celeste.
It is hard to make decisions on one's own work. Many times I have entered a painting into a show that I had worked my heart out on and it was a no-interest piece and as a last result entered a piece I would consider a no-no and it would become the favorite at a show. So sometimes even with best intentions it doesn't always come out the way we think. I really like the judging by the public way more than art "academia" Ater all they are the ones who are buying my work.

Kathy said...

Great painting, Celeste! I love the way you handled the light and the entire scene. Well designed and expertly painted! Your point of view comes across loud and clear.

indigomar said...

hey celeste,
my kids are my barometers. one is an artist, but they all grew up with art and have helped me make those pics for the art shows. often i'll pick their brains when i'm in the middle of a piece.

Sheila said...

*sigh* this is so serene, so beautiful!

Gregory Becker said...

I like it

-Don said...

What a lovely seasonal painting. I had a little shiver as I was soaking it in and had to go stand by the furnace for a minute...brrrrrr.

When it comes to my paintings, I've found my best barometers have been my children. I don't even have to ask their opinion, I can just listen to their comments to each other or watch their body language as we look at one of my works for the first time together. My 11 year old daughter even had some very wise words for me a couple days ago on a piece I'd gotten stuck on.

I agree with Jim about other people's input on a piece. It never fails that my least favorite paintings in a show are usually the ones people have migrated to. In fact, one of my first mask paintings to sell outside of a commission was one I had almost gesso'd out. It's also sold the most prints. Just goes to show what my wife has been trying to convince me all along, I don't know anything. :-)

-Don