Feb 1, 2012

"Looking Back"



"Looking Back" (4x4") - 201202, SOLD

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Thanks so much to everyone who sent along a 'welcome back' note! It's great to be painting again. This scene was tricky, mainly because it should have been simpler to puzzle together than I made it. There are many decisions that go into creating a successful image, and sometimes it's easy to get off track with what the goal is. Balance is always the key. I talk about this constantly - the right balance of light-dark; crisp-soft; saturated-subdued; textural-slick; real-abstract; movement-static.... The list can go on and on. I always aim to finish a painting in one go. In so doing, the stopping point can be elusive and very hard to reconcile. For me, this is when things get much deeper than just finishing a decent painting. All kinds of questions and beliefs start swimming in the sea of doubt! I won't go into that right now (if you're an artist, you know what I'm talking about anyway). Learning to let go when the mental chaos starts is a big goal I have for this year.
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7 comments:

Paintdancer said...

Love your paintings Sally and have missed seeing them on DP. Glad you're back!

David J Teter said...

Wow, it seems you have lost nothing in your rest.
This one has great swirling energy.

Frances Paxton said...

Such great style in all your paintings, so much motion described in your wonderful brushstrokes. I enjoyed visiting your blog.

rick daskam said...

Beautiful work Sally!

Heidi Malott said...

Welcome back Sally! Thought of you often. I understand the guilt of not painting for awhile. It is good to be back. It is so much of what we are, but sometimes a break can be good. I agree with David. Love your work Sally. It is so fresh. Hugs!

Norman Engel said...

very nice! Love it.

MARISSA VOGL said...

I am so sad to see this painting Sold!!! It is absolutely stunning, so gorgeous Sally!