Sunday, May 22, 2011

Painting Day


You have heard of 'Group Therapy' well this is a post to get me kicked into gear.  I have had this little 48x60 inch painting in the works for way too long and it needs to be finished so it can find a home.  I am counting on the good folks that follow my blog to gently get me moving.  I have had my excuses of course on why this one has not made the finish line.  One reason being not knowing what I wanted to do with the background?  I think I have it figured out so the only thing to do now is to paint.  Being in the thinking mode has made for, "A Painting Day".

"Montana Boy" Work in Progress 48x60 inches oil on canvas by Ruth Andre

13 comments:

Theresa Paden said...

Wow! This painting really has presence! I can't wait to see it finished! I heard a phrase a long time ago that has stuck with me:
Perfectionism leads to procrastination which leads to paralysis. The great thing about oils is that if we perfectionists don't like a color, we can paint over it :) Now I have to follow my own advice because I am painting today for the first time in 3 weeks!

Ruth Andre said...

Thanks Theresa, I do appreciate your encouraging words. Good luck getting back in the groove. I am right there with you.

Linda Popple said...

Ruth, all I can say about your painting is that it is powerful. Your buffalo's strength comes through. Your animal paintings are always amazing to me, because you capture so much more than just an image. Love your work.

Country Girl said...

Another beautiful offering. As far as backgrounds go, I've always been inclined to think that it's only paint - and paint can be covered if you don't like it. Good luck. Consider this a gentle nudge !

Barbara said...

It looks great. Go on and finish it.

Caroline said...

A good trick to try is to tell yourself that you will just pop into the studio with a cup of tea and do only ten minutes on the painting you are stuck with. First of all you need to give yourself some time to sit and gaze at the work until you feel moved to make those small changes. I often find once I get started I am able to finish the painting! Good luck it is going to be a fine painting Ruth.

Kim Blair said...

Looking forward to seeing Montana Boy's background color. He looks so strong... just waiting for a smart buffalo farmer/owner to snap him up for his office or home!
Kim

Kimberly Vanlandingham said...

He's amazing!! Can't wait to see the finished painting! When I get stuck on a painting, I set an alarm for like 15 min or a half hour and I just tell myself I'm only going to work on it that amt of time. Sometimes after the alarm goes off, I stop and sometimes I work on it longer. Eventually, I end up finishing. Fifteen minutes is such a small amount of time, I can commit to do that with no problem! Wierd, but it works for me.

Karen M Schmidt said...

Hi, Ruth, just wanted to add my 2 cents! I completely agree with Linda: your animal paintings are always so much more than an accurate rendering of the subject; you add so much life, and that undefinable something that comes from your creative heart. I hope you've had some good working time with this fellow over the last couple of days. Whenever I get stuck, it helps me to just browse through an art book I like, and even look back at some of my own paintings to see the times I've overcome that feeling in the past. I hope it helps to hear your fellow artist-bloggers saying: rock on, sister!

mary maxam said...

Powerful, yes! I'd love to see the finish on this and hope you are able to visualize your first excitment about it.

David Larson Evans said...

I will try this approach " Ruth do me a favor and finish that painting". It will look great.

Virginia Floyd said...

What a powerful fellow! Hope your group therapy works and we get to see the finished painting soon!

Kristin said...

I can't wait to see the finished version! I struggle with procrastination constantly.