Monday, March 22, 2010

Friends

Just before Christmas our outdoor group was painting at the eco village of Oude Molen. 

While we were there, a group of youngsters from the next door area came by to exercise the horses.  They run down to the river with them and then walk back and allow them to browse until they go back to their holding area.

These horses belong to the children of wealthier Capetonions and locating them at Oude Molen provides income for the locals and the village itself.

I took this pic as they walked past my painting spot and have wanted to paint it for some time.  Now that I finally have, I'm not that happy with it.  I think I spent too long a time on it and tried to get it 'perfect' thereby losing the looseness that I so desperately want.  Photographing it was also not the easiest.

Anyway, here it is - I've called it Friends.


I'm going the apologise to all the wonderful bloggers I visit regularly.  I've been absent and will be a bit busy for the next 7 days as I've got the job as 'Official Sitter' at the current South African Society of Artists exhibition at Kirstenbosch.  Despite not having qualified for this exhibition, it's a job I enjoy doing as you get to see all that great art and meet many wonderful artists and art lovers.  But I'll be back on my computer in bits and pieces during the period.  Then I will have to paint again so I have something to post!

28 comments:

Prabal said...

Liz,
Thats a problem I so often face. Anyways all the best for your official job for the next week.

Ramesh Jhawar said...

We all face such problems Liz and in a way its good. We analyse the painting and see the mistakes we've made. It helps in understanding where we've gone wrong and then trying to correct those in our subsequent attempts.

AutumnLeaves said...

I guess I'll be exception here, Liz. I think this is a quite wonderful painting indeed and I see nary a fault with it. I love the composition and the mood I get from the pieces. The mixture of colors in the ground leave me intrigued. I hope you have a super fun time at this 'sitter' position! I think it would be wonderful fun! Enjoy!!

Dean H. said...

I really like your "Friends" painting, Liz! I can definitely sense the bond.
The stopping point is all a personal choice and every painting is different.
Love your two birds for Windows To The Words!

Carol Schiff Studio said...

Truely a lovely painting. The sentiment is evident and when you can feel that connection, it is always the mark of a well done painting.

martinealison said...

Sincèrement j'aime beaucoup votre toile. je comprends aisément ce que vous ressentez, mais sachez toutefois qu'elle me semble tout à fait et honorablement réussie. Bravo!

Saundra Lane Galloway said...

Liz, Your composition is wonderful, and it brings out an emotion...Two great strides...and as far as overworked...it is a personal preference...It may not to us, but if it does to you that is another story...I've learned with my oils that I can just swipe a couple strokes here and there if it is within the wet period and that often satisfies...:) Good luck with sitting!!

Jasy said...

beautiful painting..!!!

Avocaken said...

Hi Liz. Happy exhibit sitting! My clubs are having shows about the same time & I'll have to "sit" and be nice. Being nice is sometimes hard work! :-)

I agree with the folks that "like" your painting. I like it very much. I think that the "loose" thing is highly overrated - I'm not sure if it's always a good thing. If you are comfortable making broad brush strokes - fine. BUT I can't do that, especially with the subject of interest! Not TOO much details except in the background.

That's MY story and I'm sticking to it! :-) Thanks for your comments on my blog. I appreciate it.

Ken B.

JRonson said...

I think your problems were a beautiful inspiration to these painting, it's major !! :) contraglations

Art with Liz said...

Hi Prabal, I know with watercolours the problem of overworking is magnified a thousand times compared to oils. Thank you for being so encouraging.


You know Ramesh, you are so right in what you say, but how long does it take to actually stop repeating the wrong stuff!! The next one will hopefully be much better.

Art with Liz said...

Ah Sherry you are absolutely wonderful! I find it static and lifeless because of the overworking, but as Ramesh says, hopefully I will learn. It is a lovely composition though, isn't it!


Thank you so much Dean and when I look at your bird paintings, I really appreciate what you have to say!

Art with Liz said...

Thank you Carol! There is a lovely bond between the two and I'm glad I portrayed that.


Vous êtes si Martine genre, je vous remercie beaucoup. And thank you for always visiting and commenting on my work. Merci.

Art with Liz said...

Hi Saundra, I did exactly that this morning - took a couple of swipes at it! Blurred some of the edges. Made the background less obvious. It looks much better!


Hi Jasy, thank you so much.

Art with Liz said...

Dear Ken, thank you. I am not used to 'working' all day and am really feeling it when i get home at night, but it's only for 10 days! You are so generous with your comment, but I just feel the need to let the brushmarks show more - I need to get rid of my Capricorn perfection!


Wow JRonson, what a lovely thing to say - thank you so much. I will be revisiting you soon I hope!

Shelley Ross said...

Hi Liz

Oh, you must go easier on yourself. I like your painting. The horse and the boy are both so well done. And I can feel the bright warm sunlight. It has a peaceful feeling to it.

Shelley

Gwen Bell said...

We are all our toughest critics. I think you did a fine job on this, Liz! The lights and shadows are wonderful and there is a real emotional connection between the boy and horse that works beautifully.

Marian Fortunati said...

What a wonderful memory!!

I hope your galley has a lot of traffic... Makes it so much more interesting that way... otherwise "sitting" can be a bit deadly!!

Looking forward to you getting back into painting and blogging when you're done!

Sheila said...

I was a little surprised you were so hard on yourself Liz. I say the thumbnail and loved it right away! The horse's coat is smooth and shiny. I could tell the boy is gently petting his precious horse.

Have fun at the exhibition. We'll be here!

rachelsstudio.com said...

I think turned out nicely! I especially love the softness of the distant hills!

jyothisethu said...

liz,
the experience you shared is interesting...
the boy and horse looks beautiful...
nice composition...
from the sky it seems that it is going to rain...
nice work...
congrats...

Charlene Brown said...

A wonderful painting of a horse and a boy who loves animals, by an artist who loves animals... This all shines through and is a real pleasure to see.

佩璇 said...

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r garriott said...

Oh! You've been so productive. I do agree that sometimes capturing the 'feel' of a moment in time can be so cahllenging...but we have to keep after it.

Rhonda Hartis Smith said...

Lovely painting Liz, have fun next week.

Sadia Hussain said...

A beautiful sentiment comes across Liz, and that in itself is a major accomplishment when painting!
Very nicely done!

James Parker said...

Liz, sometimes the artist is not satisfied while those around are extending praise. It's a common thing. I'll sometimes do that with a work that others might think is finished, and I'll come back later, and notice something I missed that is needed to make it "click". Your piece here is very nice all around..colors, composition, contrast. But most important...you have conveyed the emotional bond between the two friends. Ya done good.

kathleen.artkat.hebert said...

Lovely piece, Liz. It tells a beautiful story!