Saturday, September 22, 2007

Catching a mood in a painting

"catching butterflies"
hanging on a wall somewhere in Yellow Springs

Can't remember if I have shown this or not but, I did this a few years ago. Doing any kind of foreshortening is not my idea of fun but even with the challenge of doing the fingers and thumb I so enjoyed doing this painting. It was the mood, the lights and shadows, the brushstrokes and my fave palette, black and white. I have been rejecting doing black and white paintings for a while now for fear I get too comfortable and don't challenge myself with colour. I think I have met that challenge and can put aside any fears of getting too comfortable now. lol!

9 comments:

emm said...

I think it's so important to challenge myself BUT if I take it too far I can end up sitting in a corner, sucking my foreshortened thumb! Nice mood to this painting, Jafabrit, looks like you had fun.

The Lone Beader said...

I'm gonna check out your other blog:)

Philip said...

You are a very talented figurative painter.I very like your style and the moods you manage to capture. If I were ever to take up figurative painting I would aspire to being as good as you.

A challenge for you - the colour mauve!!

HMBT said...

your work inspires me all the time to become the best I can be as an artist. Your figures and faces in black and white...are distinctive and all you. What you can do with a limited color scheme is amazing...simply amazing!

Cynthia said...

I can't say that I've ever seen this painting... It's very dramatic and couldn't imagine it in color at all.

I also took a peek at your new Jafagirls blog and love the hunt for the eyes post...just a little creepy.

DD2 said...

Hi
good stuff here thans for letting me visit

Jafabrit said...

mauve painting, arg!!!!!! I have been thinking of it for days now. arg!!!!!! I will do it philip, well try.

thanks for dropping by dd2, LOL emm!

yes going to a taxidermist was rather creepy.

Sunil said...

Fascinating portrait. I really liked it...

doudy said...

Just Great !!