Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Can we say "avoidance"?

I'm still struggling with my DSFDF challenge.  So I needed to have a little instant gratification.

I searched some photos my friend took when he came to visit and found one of a horse grazing about 200 feet from us.  I just blew it up and painted a quickie.  

I feel better...now to decide whether or not I need to start over with the challenge....




8x10 oil on RayMar

21 comments:

Paintings by Irit Bourla said...

Okay S,

Everything looks just great. NYC is waiting for you.Just do it.
Love this horse.

Manon Doyle said...

Love the horse and the colors you used! I'm an instant gratification person also.... I know how you feel! : )

David Larson Evans said...

A since of mystery about this one and you know I like that

Michelle said...

Love the light and shadow on this one!

(The DSFDF is taking me a while too.)

laurens.paint.palette said...

Sheila - I'm sure your DSDF is coming out awesome! I can't wait to see it!

Paula Villanova said...

This is great! Nice drawing of the horse and a great "feeling" of paint!

Dana Cooper Fine Art said...

Here is your kick in the pants!
Avoidance is sometimes necessary and you did a nice painting while doing it.
You don't say what your struggles are with the challenge but whatever you do...persevere! It's good that you stepped away from the challenge if it was bugging you...now get back to it! You may or may not like what you end up with, and you may or may not post it but you will learn from it, and ultimately that is worth so much more....
Lecture over!

James Oh said...

Sheila,
Your painting tells us that you are feeling better. Deeply delighted to hear that and I am strongly believe that you can overcome your DSFDF challenges soon.

Keep on painting..if you wish.

Grace and peace to you always,

dominique eichi said...

Dana , perfect lecture. I'm sketching everything but DFSDF I'm taking that lecture for me. Your horse is lovely, I do like that mystery look and the shadow is great .

Mona said...

I'm not sure I agree with Dana unless of course you truly want to do the challenge. Sometimes artists feel pressure to participate in a group challenge (whether DSDF or one of the other online challenges, Wet Canvas monthlies, etc.) when they don't really take to the subject matter, and my feeling is, an image either it grabs you or it doesn't, and paint what you love. It usually comes out better.

More importantly, if this keeps up Sheila you are going to have a successful show of paintings just based on warming up to a challenge, and that's no small thing. Love this one!

Greener Bangalore said...

WOW!! the body shape of horse has come out very well....great going Sheila

Alice Thompson said...

Sheila, their is a insightful line from LOST in The Moth episode where Locke says "Struggle is nature's way of strengthening it..."

Paint for you.

Carrie Jacobson said...

Sheila, I love this. Love the colors and the light - and the horse is beautiful, too.

Angela Elledge said...

This is super, great horse and shadow!

Mrs. C said...

I have something special for you on my blog!!

Linda (Artwolf) said...

Ilove these latest two Sheila, I had a pigeon nesting in my mares stable last year as well as swifts got a tad busy, I think it maybe robins this year somewhere in the barn area.
Thank you so much about your comment concerning Poppy, its so hard ans I'm so very sad at the moment.Lindax

Kathleen Krucoff said...

Nice "avoidance"....I think you are on to something here! :)

Gail H. Ragsdale said...

Love the colors you used! Now quit avoiding (I'm a good one to talk :-))

Nina E J said...

Wow this is awesome! I love how it turned out - I haven't been blogging for a while but I'll be checking on your site regularly again! Loving the art!

Dean Grey said...

Sheila!

This definitely looks like a quickie.

Very loose and almost abstract in appearance.

The colors are very loud and intense. The horse almost appears to glow!

Neat!

-Dean

Gwen Bell said...

Love the looseness,the colors, the way you kept the direction on the strokes the same...looks like the grass is waving in the wind... and the bright outline around the horse and spots of bright magenta in the sky are the perfect touch to bring it all together.