Thursday, September 8, 2011

Finished!

The Garden
16x20", Acrylic on Canvas
Finished! Two months in the making, this is my first finished painting, since returning home from Italy. It is my first finished painting since Flora Bowley's workshop in May too, and really my first painting completely "on my own." No teacher, no photo to guide me. Just me, paints and paintbrush. It feels good to get to this point, but I'm stretching out of my comfort zone here to actually lead with the painting as the main image of the post. Have you noticed how I usually lead with a photo, even when I share a painting? Photography is where I'm confident and secure, painting is not. I have so much to learn.

The recognition I have much to learn was brought home this week by my attendance of the Corvallis Art Guild meeting on Monday night. This art guild is for 2D, non-photography artists. (There is also a local Photo Arts Guild, which I've joined too.) I decided to join because I want to continue to learn about painting, and be part of the local artistic community. At the beginning of the meeting, some of the artists shared their work. It was amazing, the talent in that one row of people blew me away. It made me feel like a complete and total fraud to be there! I have so far to go. The meeting was inspiring and intimidating all at once. I don't think I'll be sharing in that front row for a quite a while. (Why is it I'm ok with sharing here and not there? Thought to ponder...)

Here's the progression of the painting, from start to finish. I know I posted most of this before, but I'm posting it here to have it in one place.



At this point, it needed to be turned...



It was here my husband asked if I started a new painting, he didn't recognize it...


And, done!


Happy Paint Party Friday! Have a great weekend.





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51 comments:

  1. I think you did a wonderful job! Very interesting to see the stages it went through. Happy PPF. :-)

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  2. Wow you did such a great job!!! I love seeing the progression!!! Don't sell yourself short missey!!! You are very talented!!!

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  3. I love this. At first glance it reminded me of really amazing graffiti--which I adore!
    And don't sell yourself short, you're an amazing artist and creative soul!

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  4. I love it, Kat! Inspires me to get out from behind the camera and pick up my pencils and paints again, too! Thanks for sharing with us!

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  5. This is amazing! You're very clever.

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  6. It does look like a different canvas, I understand why your hubby thought so... love the results (and actually all the stages too) Wonderful :)

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  7. Don't you think there's more of an adventure about doing something that you're not secure with? Your painting is wonderful and it's so good to see its progression. And good for you joining those groups - it takes real courage to be among a load of people who you consider professionals when you're unsure of your own talent but it's a brilliant way to learn by interaction. Just being among like-minded people and talking about shared interests will inspire you and help you on your artistic way.

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  8. Beautiful piece of art and fascinating to see the progression. Thank you for sharing. :)

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  9. Oh wow a fabulous painting. Thank you for showing all the stages. Happy PPF, Annette x

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  10. I really like your process. Great painting! Congratulations are in order for your first finished piece. :)

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  11. I love the millefiori feel about it - wonderful colours!

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  12. Your painting was beautiful in every stage! It looks like a magical garden ~ you must have a great imagination :)

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  13. The color palette is wonderful! Well Done!

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  14. WOW! I loved it already before but now its SPECTACULAR!!!So fun to see all the changes as it progressed! I think you DO deserve to sit in that front row! I know what ya mean about being intimidated and yet inspired. It's the inspiration that will stay with ya though! Happy PPF! Deb

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  15. It's beautiful, love seeing the progression.

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  16. I loved each stage of this painting, and would have considered it finished at any point. Congrats on taking off the Training Wheels and going for the solo ride.

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  17. This is just fantastic! I love the colors you chose! :-)

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  18. WOW! Love the colors and the energy! Great piece! Congrats on the completion and was cool to see the progression! POP ART MINIS

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  19. I'm with your husband, but interesting to see its evolution, it's beautiful.

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  20. Interesting to see how your painting evolved. Mine usually go through different stages but end up similar to what I started with. Happy PPF!

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  21. Kat,
    I really enjoyed seeing the development of this painting from beginning to end. Watching it go through its various stages. Seeing how it transitioned into what it finally became. How much of its underlying base is now obscured.

    And thank you for sharing your feelings of fear in joining the art group. It takes real courage to interact with other artists on a one-to-one basis like that. I completely relate to your feelings of being a fraud - I'm always wondering when someone is going to blow my cover :) And I also find sharing online so much easier than in person. If you figure that one out, let me know!

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  22. Enjoyed seeing the progress. That is an accomplishment! I have played a little with acrylics but have never completed a painting. This looks so free and happy! Congrats! :)

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  23. Kat, this is fabulous!! The white contrast gives it strength and focus and it is a gorgeous piece!

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  24. oh wow!!! this looks amazing....what a great piece...Happy PPF!!!

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  25. Kat, this is really beautiful! And very interesting to see the progression, but
    what caught my eye, was how you managed to work an/your "eye" into
    the painting!

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  26. wow, wow, wow! I LOVE this painting. love it. knocked-out, blown-away, totally inspired. Way to go for putting it front and center where it belongs. Even bigger "way to go" for joining the art group. scary, intimidating stuff, but clearly you belong there!

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  27. Yay! It's great Kat. You were so brave to keep on going - pushing yourself until you had a finished piece. That's the difficulty I always find with these abstracts... when to stop! Wonderful, wonderful job.

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  28. Hey Miss K! DH is a painter too. Abstract is his favorite. Yours reminds me of his. I tried once, to paint a wooden goose blue. Terrible, better to stick with the camera.
    Hope you guys are settling in. Fall is on its way and couldn't be happier. So many changes going on here, must start making decisions and get use to a new normal!

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  29. Well done! I like how it evolved and I love the colours.

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  30. It's fab Kat! I love that white swoosh and the gorgeous colours. xx

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  31. I didn't know you painted too, Kat. You did a great job on this one. Loved its various stages.

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  32. I love that you shared all the tranformations of your painting and I also LOVE the way it turned out- your colors are beautiful and pure- changing the background to a calmer hue really helps celebrate the flowers- beaUtiful work!
    Happy PPF,
    Stephanie

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  33. Enjoyed the various stages you shared as this piece came to life. It is bold and beautiful to look at. Happy PPF!

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  34. Awesome, awesome, awesome!! Great job!

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  35. Yaaaahhhhooooo! It is awesome Kat and I like how you reshared the progression so it is all together. I particularly how you came to a very bold place with the white coming in near the end giving it greater depth and definitions. Congratulations! Nicely done. Terrill:)

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  36. Enjoyed seeing the process. Great work. Awesome.

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  37. Love this, and it has changed sooo much each time! and I checked out your exploring with a camera which led to the scavenger hunt site and on and on till I had to stop. I'm not great with my camera but love to take photos so I may try to play along soon!

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  38. Yay Kat!!! I'm so glad you started this post with your painting - I realize what a big step that is :)

    I am so glad you posted your progress pics all in one place - it is definitely so cool to see!

    xo
    Kristin

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  39. I really like how this turned out, it has great energy. And I can see an eye peeking through the garden.

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  40. STUNNING!!!! I love the results and all the stages in the creation :) It's so vibrant and alive!!

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  41. Kat, this is wonderful. The colors are so rich and brilliant! I love that you showed us your progress, it is so interesting to see. I, too, am very much at the beginning of the entire painting experience. I have a lot to learn and I love it. I love to experiment and learn through the many many mistakes I make. I am also easily intimidated by all the talented people around me. I haven't even dared to join anything! I sold my first mixed media painting a few days ago and AFTER that, all those doubts hit me full power. How weird is that?

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  42. Love this! You certainly can sit in that front row!

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  43. beautiful job! It's just wonderful

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  44. Kat I am so proud of you! This is terrific. There is a lot of movement in this and a cleverly placed diagonal (whether or not it was intentional)! It's very interesting to me to see the progression and that you added the white at the end. It almost seems as if you removed color last! Well done - now keep going!! xxx tj

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  45. This is fantastic! The colors and movement are wonderful.

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  46. I think your first painting is a huge success. :)The more you paint, the more you comfortable you'll become and someday maybe you will be sharing in the front row. :) Great job!

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  47. Congrats Kat! I love how this painting came out, seeing the development from abstract to sheer bold graphics and whimsical shapes. It's been so enjoyable watching you "find your eye" as a painter - I can't wait to see what amazing things you produce next!

    You my dear are a creative powerhouse! xx

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  48. Beautiful painting. I love love love the colors

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