Monday, 5 December 2011

study of dreams 2/viii 16" x 20"



oils on canvas
SOLD

it started snowing today... which should make this Wyoming cowboy feel right at home.
i have been working on this for over three weeks as well as another painting which is still not finished...
things seem to be happening to my way of seeing so i am taking a lot longer to complete each painting.
when is a painting done? i look at the number of paintings i produced in previous years and i promise you, i probably spend more hours at the easel now than i did in the past (average of 8 hours or more per day). i wonder where i am going with this new metamorphosis in sight...

13 comments:

  1. I like the painting a lot. I’m not sure I have the patience to stay on one subject for so long, although I have noticed it’s taking me longer too, to get to that point of deciding when a piece is done.

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  2. Wonderful painting Rahina, it really is perfect. He has such a warm personality, you have captured this so well. The clothes are nicely painted too. Yes, this is a real winner for me. Only 3.5 hours at the easel for me today, I have been troubled with very sore shoulders and a headache. But I did enjoy my painting.

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  3. rahina, this is just wonderful!! beautifully done. everything about it is so inviting! bravo.

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  4. Hi Rahina, love the colours and the character in this. It is funny you should say that about taking longer. I am finding that my drawing is taking longer too. Hopefully (for me) it indicates that "seeing" is changing and developing.

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  5. Such fresh color. His gaze is warm and intense at the same time...like Gary said, I think I know him!

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  6. OK... I see it, more time at the easel per painting... this at 16x20 so no surprise, previous ones 12x16 usually (interesting your'e in the UK and use inches).

    As well as a nearly full figure, coupled with your new direction, experiments into different palettes, applications, etc recently, the last two paintings especially.

    I see the subtle changes taking place..."this new metamorphosis".

    I know you would prefer more continuous time at the easel, without the break from for weeks at a time, but you must be giving it much thought while your'e away.

    Lookin' good pardner... keep painting! Yee Haa!

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  7. hi Anthony, thanks for your thoughts... i agree it has been a long time working on this painting and most paintings i have done recently, but it was either to get it right or destroy it. btw, there was another one that i already destroyed before this one and that took about five days before i decided to it was going in the wrong direction and beyond help;)

    hi Caroline, thank you:) i hope you are feeling better soon. i think we forget time when we are painting... for that reason i have even put a large wall clock up to help me keep in touch with the rest of the world.

    thank you Suz, i'm glad it talks to you at another level:)

    hi Gary, i'm glad you know him because if you didn't i would be a little worried;)

    thank you Sheila, i am sure there is a change and development that is going on and the direction that you are taking in recent paintings clearly suggests this. i have a clear idea of what i want to achieve and it is this image that keeps me tied to a painting for longer periods of time.

    thank you Don, i was lucky not to mess up the colour with the number of layers here. yep, i think you know this guy and glad you recognise him;)

    thanks for your thoughts and for the laugh David:) i think most of the time was spent on the face which is not very large. the clothes and background were a challenge as i usually work on faces but i do enjoy working on the flow of material, the indulations and folds and the play of light and shadow.

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  8. This is a superb portrait of one of the warmest and nicest artist/photographers I can think of that I've 'met' on Facebook. So great to see him honored this way! A very special person rendered with such sensitivity and skill, makes me happy.

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  9. Hi Rahina,
    Great painting and congrats on the sale! Sorry to learn that it's snowing--that is, unless you're okay with it.
    Can't wait to see the other work-in-progress!
    Sincerely,
    Gary.

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  10. thank you Camille, i'm glad you like it and it affects you in a positive way:) Yes, Gary K is a wonderful artist but i realised while painting this that it can be very difficult to paint someone you have not met in person.

    thank you Gary, and since i posted this, the snow has disappeared and been replaced my 100mph winds coming in from the atlantic and blowing Scotland to bits! Our First Minister said that Scotland is a resilient country;) the next painting is still on the easel, might be finished soon;)

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  11. Wow! Awesome portrait of Gary. You've so captured his warmth and humor. Beautifully done, Rahina. Brava!

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  12. thank you Liz, i'm glad you like it though it is rather a challenge to paint someone you have never met! i think the character was all i had to go on from his love of nature, his sense of humour and his humanity. i hope some of this is encompassed in this painting.

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