Monday, February 17, 2014

At Evening's End

At Evening's End
16 x 20 inch oil on canvas panel
SOLD

This painting was in the works for so long, I can't remember when I started it.  It is a very detailed work for my lack of artistic ability, but I am patting myself on the back because I had some specific visions and they came to be.  To begin with I wanted to paint a scene in a room because that is what my next exhibit is going to be called...Rooms.  I also wanted a fireplace in the scene and from that point everything else sort of happened. The figures revealed themselves as I painted.  As the figure on the left appeared I thought "why not make this one a man?" and there you have it.  Their story is up for discussion.


At Evening's End
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The picture hanging on the wall was originally a landscape painting, but then I thought it would be more interesting to make it a portrait of this couple.

At Evening's End
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 This chair beneath their portrait was added at the very last.  One chair just didn't make sense. I made the pillows blue...they sort of fight with all the earth tones in the rest of the painting, but something about the pop of color worked in my opinion.  The pillows could have been any color with any pattern, it was hard to decide which way to go. They were more of a black, but I thought they were boring that way.

At Evening's End
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 The fireplace was actually pretty easy, which was a pleasant surprise.  I used a knife to smear on the paint in spots which made them look like stone...or at least I think they look like stone.  The wooden mantle, the lantern and the flames in the fireplace were pure luck too.  I looked at images of fire on the internet to help me.

At Evening's End
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The hardest part of this painting was the man.  I don't paint many men and for a long time his figure and his face looked very feminine.  When I smeared light blue on his face to create sort of razor stubble I said "ah ha!", then broadened his shoulders and voila...a man...a dude!

At Evening's End
detail
The woman was the easy part...at least this one was.  However trying to create wrinkles and light where her thumb is indenting the pillow was impossible and I gave up on it.  I even took a picture of my own hand grasping a pillow to use as a reference, but I think the small area I was painting in made it too difficult.  

There is something special to me about this painting and it makes me kind of sad to think of actually selling it, so I might change my mind.
This is one of the oil paintings that needs oiling out because it dried so dully.  I am tempted to just spray it with Kamar varnish which I know will make the colors pop, but it adds so much gloss and I am not sure that's what I want for this piece.  I think somewhere in the middle of high gloss and very matte would be best.   I am open to suggestions if you have any.

I hope you all had a great weekend!  Thank you for visiting!  

14 comments:

  1. This piece is fabulous and I really enjoy hearing about your process. I agree this one might be a keeper. A few pieces every now and then are hard to part with -- but just think - it could be left for your children or grandchildren. I think that's important too.

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  2. thank you for taking us through the steps, lisa! i enjoyed that! i was nodding my head when i read about making the indentation marks on the pillow, and the pillow being so small... lately i've been thinking about how painting small/er makes some things not practical or even impossible. poo!

    hey! that carpet! that is the bomb my friend!!!

    xoxo

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  3. I'm so impressed, especially with the details. Well done!

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  4. Stunning.. so gorgeous and poetic..deeply beautiful color palette..earthy and warm! The whole scene feels like a story unfolding..
    Victoria

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  5. Quite perfect in every way. I thought your detail pics were cropped so well that each one looked like a finished painting. Loved all the details and the flames in the fireplace look so real. Carpet color next to the walls works like a charm. It is a keeper... For a while anyway.
    Krylon comes in a satin finish
    You may have sprayed too heavily if you got high gloss. Easy to take down a bit.

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  6. The thing I love about your work Lisa is that all your pieces tell a story, this one I could look at for hours. The little details too are wonderful, the chair is so well painted. I can feel the atmosphere in the room and smell the firesmoke, just a wonderful piece of art.

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  7. I wouldn't even attempt all those things, but I so admire your constant tweaking of your skills to create ever more bold works. Bravo Lisa...xox

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  8. Beautiful Beautiful!!!! Love all the details you put into a painting, Lisa! Wonderful job on the stone wall in back of the fireplace!!!

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  9. Oh, grey for the man's stubble! I'll remember that. And the blue pillows make things come
    alive. This room has a story and I could look at it for a long time. Great work!

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  10. I love the stories your paintings tell........ :o)

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  11. Lack of artistic ability? Are you crazy!!! This painting is stunning! I love all the details! I wouldn't blame you, if you kept it! I am sorry, I can't give you advice on sprays. Big Hugs ;o)

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  12. What a lovely painting and accompanying story, I would not want to part with it either if it was mine. :)

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  13. This painting is awesome. There is a lot of things going on, it captures my attention.

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