Monday, March 1, 2010

Jar Finished

"Jar on Windowsill", 5"x7", Linen on Board
Well, I finally finished this piece this morning...I'm glad! I was getting kind of tired of working on the same piece for such a long time, however, I am happy with the results. Again, some of the problems I encountered working on this piece were in dealing with values. I'd get an area wrong and then have to go back in and wipe it clean and start over. Maybe someday I'll get it right! I am happy with the lighting in this piece though and the shadows and reflections it created. Last Friday I dropped of new work at the Carver Hill Gallery which I'm hoping the gallery director will update her website with my new paintings. I'm not sure what I'll start in on next but I have been thinking a lot about pastels lately so maybe I'll go in that direction.

10 comments:

Todd Bonita said...

Well worth the wait...what a gorgeous piece Jean! Good for you. Sorry to hear about your illness slowing your painting down. Clearly it's not stopping you from making real gems. Looking forward to seeeing your pastels. All my best to you, Jean.
Regards,
Todd

Jean Victory said...

Hi Todd,
Hey, it's good to hear from you, thank you. I worked so hard on this little piece. You sure have been painting some nice work yourself...can't wait to see your next one. Take care.

Joanne said...

A lovely piece, Jean! You are able to achieve such believable transparency in this jar! Not easy to do for many artists! I look forward to seeing those pastels should you return to them for a time. All the best, Jean!

Jean Victory said...

Hi Joanne,
It's good to hear from you and nice of you to take a quick peek...I appreciate it. Take care.

Diane Hoeptner (hep-ner) said...

Jean, this painting rocks! Isn't there some kind of rule about composing values with 2/3 a medium (or light or dark) 1/3 light and a "smidge" dark?? That might be a Carol Marine thing... But this painting is a good example of a smidge of dark, it totally works!!

Jean Victory said...

Hi Diane,
I don't know about the "composing values" rules but the still life actually looked like this and I painted it true to life. I worked really hard on getting the value right in this painting. I guess that's actually what I struggle with the most as a painter. Thanks for taking the time to look and comment. Take care.

Don Gray said...

Luminous and lovely--full of light and air.

Jean Victory said...

Hi Don,
Thanks for taking the time to look, I appreciate it. How's your painting coming along?

susan hong-sammons said...

this is gorgeous and and so interesting. I love the composition and your cropping decisions

Jean Victory said...

Hi Susan,
Thanks for taking the time to look at my painting...I'm glad you like it. Take care.