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Harvest – Still Life Daily Painting – Karen Winters

November 20th, 2007

“Harvest” 8 x 10 oil
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Persimmons are still in season around here, so I decided to do another still life including one. This is a lot looser than most of the oil paintings I’ve been doing, and I enjoyed the opportunity to try something different. This was painted from life using reasonably thick paint and larger brushes than those I normally use. I had intended to push the abstract qualities even farther, but this was about as painterly as I could manage at the moment. Next time I do a still life maybe I can nudge it even a little more in that direction. Although it’s still a month or more away, I’m beginning to get a few notions about what I want to learn and explore in 2008. Opinions about this different approach?

9 Comments »

  1. I love this! – the loose brushwork and rich colors are beautiful!

    Comment by Sharon M. — November 20, 2007 @ 6:27 pm
  2. this still life is beautiful. love the way you’ve captured light in it.

    Comment by Ujwala — November 20, 2007 @ 9:14 pm
  3. I think this is beautiful – I love the painterly approach.

    Comment by Casey — November 21, 2007 @ 6:33 am
  4. Karen, this is just great. Very descriptive even though it is loose. Nice work. Happy Thanksgiving.

    Jo

    Comment by Jo Castillo — November 21, 2007 @ 9:57 pm
  5. Karen, I really like this still life. It has a nice free loose feel and nice color combinations. Nice job. Happy Thanksgiving Day to you!

    Comment by Dee — November 22, 2007 @ 9:06 am
  6. I like the looser more painterly effects–there’s a way it gives the viewer’s eyes more to play with I think. It makes me feel more interested in exploring the different areas for a longer time than if everything was completely perfectly illustrated in great detail.

    Comment by Jana Bouc — November 23, 2007 @ 3:00 pm
  7. Thank you, everyone.
    Jana, I recently read somewhere that paintings that are less “on the nose” can be more entertaining to look at because it asks the viewer to bring their own interpretation of it. I experienced this recently when some people were looking at one of my paintings at an art show and one of the visitors mentioned that she liked ‘not knowing’ exactly what an abstract patch of color in the distance was. It could be a bush, a tractor, a part of a shed – essentially whatever you want it to be. So the viewer becomes engaged and can develop a relationship to the painting that may change over time.

    Comment by Karen — November 23, 2007 @ 5:18 pm
  8. I also like this loose approach. You’ve very aptly described the important items, and every brushstroke is fresh. I think it’s a good direction for you!

    Comment by Linda — November 25, 2007 @ 3:16 pm
  9. Wow, you are brave to step out of your comfort zone and I am very admirable of you for doing it. This is beautiful. So loose and painterly and I just love the shine on the pitcher. Sweet.

    Comment by Sherie — January 3, 2010 @ 11:27 am

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