Monday, July 7, 2008

New painting/old painting




No you're not having an episode of dae-ja-vue, this is the Tuscany painting that I did and hated and refused to finish painting. Hate is a strong word, maybe a bit strong but I took a knock in confidence with this painting. I didn't paint for quite a while after this one, I even considered throwing in the towell, opps I mean- brushes! I came very close.
But as you have seen I couldn't quite do it. I'm not sure where I am going with this painting yet. I need to better define the hills but where I paint is cold, the paint dosn't like it much and neither do I. I am strangely good with that though. Not having a deadline means I don't have to paint if I don't want to. Not having any idea where I am going means I don't know if I have made a mistake. It's liberating and I love it. I'm thinking trees...maybe some leaves, maybe a flax bush. Maybe tomorrow, maybe next week. There's joy not fear in not knowing or caring what comes next or when 'next' is. I will be as suprised as anyone to see the end result of my mysterious painting...and very pleased to see the end of Tuscany!!


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8 comments:

Mick said...

This is a struggle that, I believe, no one should attempt to help you through. The one thing that can't be taught is the drive to push forward no matter what. When some people speak of the God given Gift of the artist, it's this drive and desire to move forward under adversity that defines it for me. Too, hard work is always rewarded.

John said...

I think the toip one is amazing....

Bobbie said...

Bravo Lisa. I know you hated this beast, but now you can recycle it and all will be well.

John said...

top one is amazing....

Frances said...

I love the top picture, the colours glow and it is ethereal as our memories of old landscapes. I wish I were able to fail in such a manner - one person's failure is another's supreme achievement.

Shani said...

Girlllll...been there done that, until I reached a conclusion...I don't like painting...there, I said it. At least not right now, maybe in the future I'll try again, but it's just not a medium of choice for me. Anway...bon courage!!!

The Artful Eye said...

Well you've seen me push paintings to the brink. It's quite refreshing.

I did like this Tuscany painting, goodbye, sweet orchards and country villas!

Nice going!

Irene said...

I'd kiss the Tuscany painting goodbye and start al over again, but then again, I am not a true artist and do not have that drive. I would be browbeat by it by now and make kindling of it. There is loveliness in it, why not re embrace that in a new painting?