Jun 11, 2012

"Walking in the Hills" 2 after EH Potthast


"Walking in the Hills - 2" after Edward Henry Potthast
(4x4") - 201209a, SOLD

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Many of my most popular paintings have numerous purchase requests. For those who miss out, I always offer to paint a new version just for them (commission, if you will).  This is the second painting that I've done of this image.  The first one is a few posts below - it sold right away.  There are major differences in the two versions - on purpose, so that I'm not simply repainting the exact same thing.  The first version has a very high contrast quality with super white whites & dark darks.  I LOVE working this way, mainly because I'm pretty sure how to get the effect I'm looking for directly without spoiling the looseness and freshness of the paint application. Today's version has several mid-range gray valued colors. All are on the warm side of color temp, but some are warmer than others.  I'm thrilled that it's success comes not from strong contrast, but from well developed areas of local color.

I also wanted to thank all of you who have been leaving comments and emailing me.  It's wonderful to hear from so many people!  Of course, with that comes the pressure to try and get back to everyone - which I have to say that I'm not very good at.  I have good intentions, but those are worthless without some action.

About workshops - so many have asked, and yes, I still do them and I am in the process of putting together the next few for this year.  Probably will aim for 2 more.  (Next year I will be teaching in GA, and hopefully in TX - thanks to the honor of being invited as a Signature Member of Contemporary Fine Art International).  I have also put feelers out for the central NJ area). I'll keep everyone posted.

Anyone who has asked, I've put you on the list of artists who are interested. 

Finally, I believe I'm going to send out a short questionnaire soon to ascertain who is interested in studying what.  My endeavors & methods have changed a lot since I first began teaching a few years ago, and I'd hate to plan something that not everyone was expecting.

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3 comments:

Roxanne Steed said...

Really beautiful- and love hearing the insights from each one!

David J Teter said...

Looked at both, impossible to decide which is better which means both are successful.
I like the idea of different versions.

And they both are so close in their 'drawing' and composition which seems like it would be tough to do with a palette knife, a credit to you!

Keep painting...

Mary Sheehan Winn said...

I'm really liking what you're doing with these 'after' Potthast paintings. You are so good at getting the shapes to read as they should.