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Monday, September 21, 2009

From the Archives

The Artist
15" x 22"

This is one of the painting from my "archives". There are some reasons I like it and some I don't. I limited my palette to two colors in this one - indian red and indigo (with a touch of burnt sienna) and I like the limited color scheme. I also like the way the face and the hand turned out. What I don't like is that I got carried away with salt and spatter - there is WAY too much texture in this painting. I can see it now - couldn't see it then:(

12 comments:

Christiane Kingsley said...

Barbara, I love the effect that you achieved with a very limited palette. If you find that there is too much texture for your taste, you could always try cropping the painting and removing part of the left-hand side. How would that look?

Watercolors by Susan Roper said...

Barb...While you may not like the textured vs. the smooth and realistic, I think I sorta like that! Don't ever revisit old paintings and apply your new-found techniques and tastes to those...it never is satisfying! I like this as is, as it is, so don't fret....

Barbara Sailor said...

Christiane...Glad that you like the limited palette...I haven't decided about the texture yet - it is definitely more than I use now! Thanks for commenting.

Barbara Sailor said...

Susan...You always have such down to earth, sensible remarks...so I am going to take them to heart and not fret! :) Thanks!

jgr said...

Gorgeous!! Oh I love the palette, I love all of it!

Ginny Stiles said...

What an interesting color combination, Barb. And you know, the texture does not bother me at all, it seems okay because the subject is so clear. I like it!!!

Barbara Sailor said...

JGR...thanks for the compliments - very appreciated!

Ginny...glad you are comfortable with the textures in this one and that you like the colors. Thanks.

Nora Mackin said...

I liked how you used your limited palette in this painting. Your face and hands did come out beautifully. I think the texture gives a feeling of magic in here. Thanks for being one of my followers, this really makes me feel good.

Barbara Sailor said...

Nora,
Thank you for your wonderful comments. I am glad you are visiting my blog and I enjoy yours.
Barb

RHCarpenter said...

You could always go back in and tone down the hair and rest of the neck area, softening the texture along the way. I like the texture on the viewer's left side and the pose and the face and hand very much. And Happy Birthday!!!! (just read your current post).

Barbara Sailor said...

Rhonda - that might be a thought - i have even considered cropping the right side - one of these days I may take some steps...
Thanks for commenting,
Barb

disa said...

I love it ! Very creative ! That's actually really cool Thanks.