Sunday, April 17, 2011

Oil frustration for the birds

24 x 24, oil on stretched canvas

Goslings making bubbles in the water

Ruddy Duck has an amazing blue bill
I wanted this oil painting to work. I had a nice strong start and then it seemed to fall apart the more I worked on it. I will scrape it off tomorrow. But, in the meantime, since the sun was shining, I zipped over to the Wildlife Refuge to see what was new over there. 

What a treat to see Canada Geese parents and babies! These babies looked only a day old, with their downy soft fur and barely formed winglets. The parents kept careful watch over them and I kept my distance. 

Ahh. I feel better now. Tomorrow I will scrape off the painting and try again.


Pam Holnback said...

I love this painting, the orange and purple, the warm and cool, the great composition. Maybe you should set it aside for awhile before you scrape it off.

William Cook said...

I agree with Pam--not so fast. That is a wonderful pallet, and nicely orchestrated in this piece. Pull it out in the fall sometime and see what you think then. Those strong warm colors are cozy like firelight.

Katherine van Schoonhoven said...

Pam and William: I appreciate your feedback. I tend to judge my own work with a heavy gavel. I'll hold off scraping this one and just set it aside. Thanks for the kind words.

Celeste Bergin said...

I know the inspiration for this is palms..and I love the "surprise" that palms are painted in reds and oranges. I don't know what you don't like about it...I think it works. I especially like the bright yellow --like the hot sun.

Katherine van Schoonhoven said...

Hi Celeste!

I have the same feeling with this painting that I do when I mess up when I'm playing piano sometimes. In my head, it's light and lovely and every phrase is beautifully shaped. Out in the world it's clumsy and uneven and only hints of what is inside me to express. My disappointment is the gap between the two.

Thanks for the understanding comments!

SamArtDog said...

Here's the third vote for saving this painting. It's got color, depth and intrigue. Whaddya want?

Katherine van Schoonhoven said...

Thanks, Sam. I want the moon AND the stars, too. Is that asking for too much?