Friday, 23 March 2012

study of dreams xiii 18" x 22"




oils on canvas

SOLD

I have not posted for some time but i have been painting continuously...
This painting was a commission and was well-received by the new owners. whew!
Now back to the easel and deal with the three or so other paintings which seem never to finish;)

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  1. rahina, i love that name! i roll the r's too.
    i laugh.

    it is the light you see that intrigues me, and the way you highlight and shade giving such depth, like in the black dog here and in the work i have seen of yours. there is a thickness, about your paintings that make them so rich.

    ~robert

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  2. Congrats on your commission. Such a relief when they're pleased.

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  3. aaah that is great to see...you always put so much character in your portraits rahina...the dogs came out good too,now on the next!!

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  4. Rahina,
    Congratulations on a superb job and pleasing the client! Perhaps even better--it's very good news to learn that you've been painting during your posting hiatus.
    I'm sure I'm not alone in wondering when we'd see more of your wonderful paintings.
    In a word: Whew!
    Welcome Back,
    Gary.

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  5. Welcome back Rahina, good to see your latest painting. So glad to hear the owners of your new work are happy, that is after all what it is all about. Often a commission can be the hardest kind of painting to do as you not only have to concentrate on painting the best you can from the reference material but you also have to satisfy the expectations of those who commissioned you in the first place. But you have brought it all together so well. I very much look forward to seeing the other works on your easel here soon. take care.

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  6. Robert you are too kind and i hope you also roll the r's of your name too ;) It is interesting how you state 'it's the light you see that intrigues me'.... i think this is the wonder of painting that it is the closest you can get to seeing with the painter's eyes and feeling their emotion. And in photography, the manipulation of the image to give it that other dimension is a poetic statement made by photographer.

    Oh Susan you are so right.... i barely sleep til I get the sms or email saying firstly it arrived without a hole in the canvas and secondly that they are happy especially when the buyer has not seen the painting in life and only in a photograph. Despite all my efforts to prevent over and under saturation of colours during the photo taking stage there are always some differences.

    thanks rob, the next one and the next one have been on the easel forever and a day and will eventually be torn from my grasp to be examined and prodded ;)

    thank you Gary, i can't not paint;) To be honest i have destroyed many a canvas and there have been times when i have felt like giving up. the aim is to post a painting only when it is as finished as it can be ;) now that takes a lot of work in my case;)

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  7. I really like the golds you achieved in the background. I know you were really working hard on that and I think you succeeded. I love the way it touches the greens on the coat. Very well accomplished. And the balance of the dog on the right is perfectly balanced with the light of the painting.
    Very well done.

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  8. hi Caroline, sorry I missed responding to your comment above: you are right, commissions require an extra mind set and direction. thank you for your thoughts on the painting,

    Thank you Gary, appreciate you taking the time to examine it with your experienced understanding of this profession.

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  9. Keep up the great work, this piece is really fantastic!

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    1. thank you Jane, I appreciate you taking the time to look and leave your thoughts :)

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  10. Congratulations on a successful portrait Rahina... of three subjects! Quite a feat. It is wonderful to see what you have been up to. Looking forward to seeing the others when they are finished.

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    1. thank you Nicki... you are right about the three subjects... it was quite a challenge!

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  11. Hope you are well Rahina, love the Springers shown in your latest work ,they are not the easiest dogs to get right but you have them spot on! ... dont know about you but i am always so pleased when commissioned work is done and finished , you can then dream on and do as you wish again.
    The Seagul photo is a cracker and should make a wonderful painting , you will have your soft blending brush on the go for that one !! hope you are enjoying this early summer, Jack and Deb say hello , all the best / Keith

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    1. Thank you Keith for your thoughts and yes there is this extra stress when doing a commission as it may not match the vision in the buyer's mind. Wishing you and your family my warmest wishes :) r.

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  12. Hi Rahina,
    Sounds like you have been at struggles lately... we've all been there.
    But you did great here, especially with the client happy!
    Push through the 3 or so others... don't let them defeat you!

    Keep painting...

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    1. Hi David, thanks :)
      Yes things do go kind of up and down in painting. At the moment I am away from my easel enjoying a break from all things in Norway. Should be back soon with refreshed vision i hope and viking spirit ;)

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  13. I'm in love with those dogs! Full of spaniel soul. A wonderful painting.

    I don't understand these rhythms or cycles in my painting, long periods where i just can't face the studio, then suddenly a burst of feverish work. I think at times youve known the same pattern. At least you have been able to keep painting through recent weeks. Blogging can wait.

    Warm greetz.

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    1. Thank you Harry.... I recently checked how many paintings I was producing a few years back and the number I am producing now and it is a stark contrast. My concern is on the painting and as you said, yes, i agree, blogging can wait :) I am unable to paint as much at the moment as other matters have impinged on my painting time but today i was able to set up my easel and paint a little something from my window... unfinished as such and will probably take quite some time before it is... but i can breathe when i paint ;)

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