Saturday, February 28, 2009

Irvine Wash, Fall



16 X 12 inch oil painting on canvas panel.

My paintings are taking more time to complete right now. Many of them require a session or two in the studio or at the same location. (In fact, I’m running out of work to post.) This painting took four visits to the same location to complete. During the first two I worked on studies of the wash. This 12X16 panel took two visits to complete and one session of painting in the studio.

Lately, when I get home from painting on location I’ll unpack and set the days painting on my easel (conveniently located in my dining room where I can’t avoid seeing it over and over) and live with it for a few days asking myself what is working and what isn’t. When I’ve found some answers, I’ll work on it again.

I’m wondering though, if I had more than 2 1/2 hours every other day to paint would I be able to finish a painting like this? I’m sure I’d still need some time away from it to work out any issues but maybe I’d be closer to finishing.

Do you feel like you have enough time to paint? How do you manage to fit painting into your schedule?

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15 comments:

Dana Cooper Fine Art said...

Kim, I really think the time you put into this painting really paid off. It's beautiful!
With a young family, time is such a precious commodity, both with them and without them (painting time). It's a balancing act and one you are having success with when you can turn out lovely work like this even if you are not painting as much as you would like.

TheresaJ said...

I just saw this one this morning in your Etsy shop. Gorgeous! I love the reflective water and how it leads you through the rest of the painting. Again, gorgeous!

Sheila said...

I agree with Dana. You're pieces are so beautiful I think the only way you can spend less time with them is to make them smaller. I love the under the oak tree painting too.

Torrie Smiley said...

Kim,

I am such a fan of your work! If I painted landscapes as well as you~~I would not be painting so many pears! Thank you so much for following my blog. Once the weather warms up, I am going to do that plein air thing......I am going to take a pear outside! HA! ha~

Torrie

Carol Schiff Studio said...

Kim, This is a really lovely painting. Very peaceful. All those trips back to the site paid off!

LSaeta said...

Kim, The time you spent on this painting really has paid off. It is beautiful and I love it. I doubt there is an artist anywhere that thinks they have enough time to piant. But I have to tell you, my "real job" has slowed down a lot in this economy and I have been painting a ton. I do think that the more you paint, the more you focus and the more it takes over your life! As you know, at times we begin to see everything as a potential painitng, light becomes everything and well, it gets a bit overwhelming! But, I love it!

Nancy and the fatties said...

Hi Kim! another beautiful, soft rendering. That's a good question, about the time vs production issue. Sometimes I find I can finish several paintings in a few days, and other times it takes me much longer. I think it has more to do with how the stars are aligned than anything logical. ; )
xxooo

Rick said...

I sound like a broken record, but I'll keep saying it... You're getting better and better. This one turned out well. The reflection of the trees in the water turned out great. I like the whole thing. It is one of your best.

Manon Doyle said...

Hi Kim,
What a lovely painting!
I agree with Dana that sometimes finding enough time is a balancing act. Often my mood and energy will dictate how much I will accomplish. I just go with it!

Joan Sicignano Artist said...

Hi Kim, I think you did a great job, you captured the essence of the scene. How do you manage it all. One of my goals is to paint on location. For now it's from my dining room window. Thank you for your kind comment on my blog. You're a gifted artist.

Joan Sicignano Artist said...

Hi Kim, I think you did a great job, you captured the essence of the scene. How do you manage it all. One of my goals is to paint on location. For now it's from my dining room window. Thank you for your kind comment on my blog. You're a gifted artist.

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Karen said...

Kim, I say go with it, slow down if you feel like you need to and post a few days a week less...the work will be worth it.
I really enjoyed reading about your process with these few paintings (this and the next post). That looking, thinking, trying, that IS painting. And it's brave of you to do, rather than just keep making the same work you already know.
Yay!

Celeste Bergin said...

so fresh....five stars

Chuck Dilmore said...

Oh, that is just lovely!

peace,
Chuck