Monday, May 31, 2010

Rainy Monday in Studio

Lurking Temptress Oil on 20x16 Canvas by DJ

Detail of Lurking Temptress Oil on 20x16 Canvas by DJ

Detail of Lurking Temptress Oil on 20x16 Canvas by DJ
Nothing like a rainy afternoon off from work to send me into the studio.
I began re-working a bad painting and the possiblity of adding a partial portrait came to mind. Since she's supposed to be hiding-in-wait, I wanted to have the face emerging from the brown, so I'm not real happy with the almost white appearance in the photo, but it will be a WIP for now. And that glare on the right is making me absolutely nuts, even after I tried every camera angle to get rid of it.
Over twenty-five years ago, a former art professor mentioned in a critique that my work has a "sophomoric" quality to it. Unfortunately, I listened!
I'd love to shake off that curse this summer and develop a more sophisticated appearance. Any feedback is welcome. I'm thinking I need to paint more consistently and develop my color schemes to see real growth. This will happen after I retire; for now, I'll get in the studio when possible.
This Monday is a holiday in several countries, so I hope your day off is all you need it to be.
And may Peace prevail where you are...
Love & Laughter,


artbyjune said...

Hi DJ, this lovely temptress has the feel of mythology.

Jennifer Wadsworth said...

There must be something in the stars DJ ... I spent the afternoon in the studio wiping off most of the paint I'd applied to a canvas. Then, just in time for dinner to be prepared, a very similar persona has appeared in my painting. I think she is lovely, and I'd bet her eyes follow you around the room. Your work is anything but sophomoric.

the domestic fringe said...

Wow. I think this is really amazing. You're very talented.


Werna Gail said...

I like your lady in hiding, it could be Eve after she ate the fruit. Love the colors.

ArtPropelled said...

My first thought was ... the muse is lurking.... and then i see Lurking temptress. The muse is definitely finding herself DJ. Love the work you are doing!

artistamyjo said...

Oh my DJ......this is quite beautiful. You are soooooo talented !
As to my lack of sleep,well if I remember to write down all those brillant thoughts....I get a lot done.
hugs, Amy

Janet said...

Stop listening to that professor's voice! You have a wonderful talent. This painting is so beautiful. It has a mystical look to it. I love it!!

wetoilpaint said...

Celebrate your artistic view.
No one type of painting is better than the other.

We might have all had a critique that bugged us. I had one bug me. "Sophomoric," nice to meet you, smiling now with delight, I'm "Primitive."

In meeting your goal in a finished painting, not anyone else's goal, you create your own success.

Your Lurking Temptress is mysterious. There's feeling there.

Odd Chick said...

i know what you mean about wanting more sophistication in your art as i am striving for the same. i think sophistication comes with the education of art and practice and flooding our minds with great art. i love this painting by the way, i love its mystic.

~Babs said...

I too, feel this is anything but sophomoric.
I think she has a sophisticated, polished feel about her. Of course we all spend too much time listening to the inner critic,,but I'd certainnly not give authority to that professor.It's all opinion, and mine is that this is a very strong work.

DJ said...

Ladies, with this kind of positive feedback, who can listen to an Inner Critic? He's shaking in his boots and running for cover!
~ June, I hadn't thought of mythology, but you're right. Perhaps the implication of foilage gives that feel of nature's stories. Thank you!
~ Jennifer, Great minds think alike. I value your comments and admire your work. I'm guessing we have more than re-working canvases in common.
~ Fringe Girl, Sorry for getting so verbose on your kid's summer post. Forgive me. :-) Thanks for commenting;I know you're busy. Love your blog.
~ Werna Gail, I like the idea of Eve. Good one! Thanks for visiting.
~ Robyn, You're always there for me! Thanks, Beautiful!
~ Amy, Thank you. I do hope you'll visit again. I love your blog with a cup of tea...
~ Janet, Thank you for being so passionate about life. You're as inspiring as your artwork.
~ Wet Oil, You are an awesome friend. Your work is definitely anything but "primitive"! May we all create our own success!
~ Odd Chick, Your art is beautiful; I thoroughly enjoy viewing your work. Please visit here again.
~ Babs, Your generous words make me smile! I value your opinion. Please visit again soon...

indigomar said...

I love this painting, the textural quality and collage feel.
Good luck in your last few days of work!

Martha Lever said...

This is fabulous!! I love how she is emerging. I am so chicken to even try something in really life to paint but that is my goal---to paint something REAL!!!

srzimmartist said...

Beautiful! Love to see your work!

A Life Made By Hand said...

Thanks for the encouragement! I think I can...I think I can...I think I can!!!!

Shayla said...

She's mysterious not 'sophomoric'. Well done.

An Evolving Artist @ said...

I love her... she is so intreging, and I love her monochromatic look. Thanks for sharing... nice job.

A Dancing Mango said...

Hi Dj,
Thank you for your visit today.
Gosh it is great see you enjoy gardens filled w/flowers too!
Your oil painting is totally awesome!

Say It In Color said...

I love your is like she is in deep thought contemplating the the things that jumble her mind and heart....and as she is contemplating those things are falling into place or order....just my first impression with the modern shapes around her. I love the combination and Eve could definitely be her is full of emotion and mystery. Thanks for your comments, I so want paint other than walls but must finish the job first. Oh and I love your sunflowers...especially the last one. And yes, being in the dirt has been wonderful too, I have a few veggies your flowers!! Wish you lived next door, I would give you some awesome daisies to add to your gardens that come back every year and never old variety that spreads by ryzhomes...however you spell that! Have a great week!

Celeste Bergin said...

wow. Your professor might have found a more gracious way to say he felt "draftsmanship could improve". (Which is very likely what he meant back then). THIS painting has a strong design, "intrigue", good colors, and quite good draftsmanship. The best approach to this whole art thing is VOLUME. I have so many "bad" (er...sophomoric? haaha) results...but I also have more successes than when I worked sporadically--all because of volume. Keep the work coming, DJ.:)

LeeAnn@Encouragement Is Contagious said...

I caught the feeling of your painting right away. We've all felt like this woman before. What a talent that you have and can bring the feelings out so well DJ.

studiooorange said...

Hi DJ! In this post you said:

"I'm thinking I need to paint more consistently and develop my color schemes to see real growth."

This interested me as I found myself saying something similar about 5 years ago. So, I have a couple of questions for you.

1. Do you want to change because of what your professor said or because your paintings do not parallel what you envision in your head?

2. What is your pallet of colors?

3. And define "real growth" for me.

The painting is lovely! I am distracted a bit by the white shapes in the upper left hand corner. It pulls my eye away from the beautiful portrait. :)

Joan Sandford-Cook said...

Well you certainly inspired a lot of us to respond, mainly because this painting has something really intriguing about it. Sophomoric - I had to look it up on my dictionary as I thought I had it mixed up with soporific. !! No way is your work second year grade and the only sleepy response I get is visualizing a dream with all its mystery. I agree with earlier commenter - the white through the leaves is very distracting and this lovely lady waiting in the shadows needs to be the centre of attention/focus. Only thought was I would have liked to see something of her right eye peaking through rather than completely obliterated. Seems we are all going back to older work and developing it of late - saves the pennies/pounds/dollars on new canvas purchases!! said...

Hi DJ -
I love your experimental style - it's very brave! I need to take a lesson from you! Your garden is so gorgeous too.

Martha Lever said...

Yes! I must go and get that pear and maybe some other fruit too and maybe I can attempt to paint it.

DJ said...

I'm both thrilled and inspired by all of your keen observations, my blogging friends!
Indigomar ~ Thanks for noticing the texture. It looks different at various angles because of it.
Martha ~ I'm so proud of your new oil paintings. Purchase that fruit! And keep going!
Stacey ~ Thanks for visiting; I know you're busy with life.
A Life... ~ You're welcome. I wish I could locate your site again! It seems to have disappeared...
Shayla ~ Thanks so much for the support! I enjoy reading your blog for thoughtful inspiration.
Carol ~ You visited! Whee!! Love the variety I always find on your blog.
Dancing Mango ~ Thanks for commenting. I need to get over to your blog to see what you're up to.
Sherry ~ I love your heart, which is as big as your state! And yes, I wish we lived close as neighbors, too. What fun~
Celeste ~ You're absolutely right: if one wants to see growth, volume is key! Thanks for the encouragment.
LeeAnn ~ Thanks for your words here and your great blogposts! You always share your heart and touch others with love.
Studio Orange ~ Yes, the phrase that prof used has stuck in my head for over twenty-five years. I have to do something to release myself from this bondage.
As for my palette: lately, I'm attracted to complement sets. (No this piece is not necessarily in that vein.)
Real growth would be change in appearance of the work along a continuum of development, yes, but more so for me, a heightened confidence.
And yes, the white bothered me before I posted it; I was so excited to "blast thru my block" & get back to the easel that I threw the photo up quickly for the post; but now I can calmly evaluate what needs to be done next. Sincere thanks for your time & thoughtfulness!
Joan ~ I value your comments and already began fixing the white and the left eye before you mentioned it. "Great minds..." eh? And, yes, I hate to waste a canvas, so I think they all should be completed to satisfaction. Easier said than done, though. :-)
Rachel ~ That's it! If anyone asks, My style is "experimental" ! lol~ Love ya, thanks for giving me a visit, you talented lady.
Martha ~ Just buy some fruit and paint it. Don't attempt; just do. We'll be here to cheer you on...
hugs ~
Love & Laughter to all my friends!

Martha Lever said...

Thanks so much DJ!! That was what was so hard about the folds. I need to think of them as mountains! Thanks for your help!!!!!

Rachmeal said...

There is a strong feeling here. I say, go with the feeling. Leave the thoughts behind sometimes!

Enjoy, and have fun!


Martha Lever said...

Hey DJ,
No please keep helping me!!!! You have the "how to" down which is what I need! Thanks!!!!!

Usha said...

Nice texture and colors! I like it DJ. I love your back yard too. You are special.

Mary C. Nasser said...

I love the layers and rich colors you are creating with paint!

So glad I found you through the “All Kinds of Artists” Artist blog hop!

I am your newest blog follower. :)
Looking forward to seeing your upcoming posts!

I welcome you to check out my art blog, too!
Mary C. Nasser