Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Invented Color



Oil on 5x7 gessoed hardboard.
Like many of you, I suppose, I have looked at the work of many, many, talented artists on the internet over the last few years. This has good rewards by showing you what is possible and revealing many things you've never thought of. Techniques and styles galore!

The downside for me was being slowly removed from being myself. I got the feeling that emulation was controlling my painting. So, with that in mind, I dug back and found one of mine that I liked from '06. I painted a loose copy...different crop etc.

The color choices are more intuitive and invented. I don't want to produce a copy of nature or a photograph. I want to produce a piece of art...a painting. At least that's how I feel today. Tomorrow- who knows??

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Matthew 10:16
I am sending you out like sheep among wolves. Therefore be as shrewd as snakes and as innocent as doves.

18 comments:

  1. This is wonderful Dean! I love the thick and juicy paint and the eyes are wonderful. The colors are beautiful and interesting enough because of the subtle lavender but not distracting like some paintings can be with a "in your face" fuchsia or "deal with it" vermillion.

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  2. Another wonderful painting, Dean! What brushwork!

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  3. You make some great points here Dean. Especially for a guy like me that is really still searching for how I do paint and what my style really is. Although, I think as a whole, no matter how much emulating you do, your own personality still seems to come through. For me, I just recently discovered oils again and I am really enjoying working with it. But what I am searching now is the right substrate to paint on, whether to tone the substrate, underpainting or direct? And searching through these many great blogs help a lot. I am enjoying the journey. Now I just need to find more time to paint.

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  4. Perfect blog Dean!! Excellent painting and great reminder!

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  5. Hi Sheila! Thanks for your thoughtful comment. I appreciate your insight.

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  6. Thanks very much, Edward.

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  7. Hi Robin. Thanks for stopping by. You are indeed in for an exciting journey!
    All I can say is paint at every opportunity...even if you have to create the opportunity yourself.

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  8. Thanks for stopping in, Theresa. And Thanks very much for the nice words.

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  9. Hi Dominique...Thanks for the supportive words, my friend.

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  10. Wow, great paintings on here. It's been awhile since I've visited, must have misplaced your link.

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  11. Hello Dean
    This is my first visit to your blog and I am glad we have met up.
    This work is very good. I love to see your brush marks and how they are loose but so precise. I look forward to following your work immensely.
    Regards

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  12. Hi Sandy! Welcome back!

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  13. Thank you so much, Trevor. I thoroughly enjoyed your blog.

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  14. Hi Dean,
    What a beautiful kitty. Wonderful color palette and style. And those intense eyes!

    Noticed you were following me and came to check out your site. What a pleasure! Your art is gorgeous. I
    especially love your animals and your color choices. You're an inspiration! I'm adding you to the links I follow. Can't wait to see what you do next.

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  15. Good thoughts Deano and another wonderful painting....love the colors!

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  16. Hello Gwen...Thanks for the kind words and for adding me to your links! I enjoy your site and your use of color...you have been added to my links.

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  17. Thank you, Helen...you are always welcome here.

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