Wednesday, September 23, 2009

A subtle shift...

                       "Mistaken Identity"                         "She Gets Me"
                                   9x12                                                   9x12
                                                               
Have you noticed a subtle shift in my work lately?  I spent a couple of hours painting yesterday with some great loud and quiet tunes playing in my studio and when it was time to stop painting,  I stood back and looked at these and thought....hmmm.  If you remember in my last post I showed the backgrounds for these and they appeared  light and sunny and now they feel a bit more earthy and somber.  I really like these two pieces but it's almost as if they painted themselves in a way (does that ever happen to you?).  They needed slightly deeper tones and textures than I normally use and although the two women I painted last week had a similar feel,  I definitely took these two pieces a bit farther...what do you think?  I have a third 9x12 piece in the works and two similar 3x5 blocks to share tomorrow.   





6 comments:

justagirl said...

am just loving these earthy tones!!! and am impressed with the size too.

Just altogether wonderful!

gretchenmist said...

i have noticed the darker tones ~ and remember once you mentioning whenever you try to use darker colours it didn't feel right {is that right?}. i like these, especially in that the darker colours are with different identity issues, touching on the unsettled feeling? ...
i get the work making itself thing when i make collages ~ i love it!

blog said...

Love them both!! Excellent work and the colors are so rich and yummy!

sammi said...

That process reminds me so much of my painting days (which I miss ever so!)...everything always turned to grays and ochres no matter how bright I tried to go....must be the british blood (all those rainy days can have an effect on you)
love them :)

Leililaloo said...

I love the earthy atmosphere in these! And the houses on their heads i love as well, they are just a great concept!

Nancy*McKay said...

...GASP...your work is...AMAZING...