Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Avalon Park

Avalon Park 11x14
Avalon Park 2
Avalon Park

It's going on 5:56 am, I have been up since 4am.  So okay, I am an early riser.  This  is my recent attempt at  taking a painting from a plein air sketch and paint a larger version of the scene,   Unfortunately it was a failed attempt, it just became overworked and my enthusiasm was lost in the attempt.

Lesson learned, to know when to stop, with every brushstroke in hopes of capturing the freshness of the first study it became evident it wasn't to be.   Hence the lesson, To Know When To Stop.

So my fellow bloggers, enjoy your day, and happy painting.  Today is supposed to be a glorious day on Long Island, a great day for plein air.

22 comments:

  1. Very moody painting, beautiful palette tone. And the water is very well rendered.

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    2. Thank you Maga,
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  2. I don't know which is which. the plein aire or the finished.. I only know they all look great to me. !
    I'm not an oil painter, used to be but I was one of those picky-picky and they were awful.
    Even with watercolor I have to stop myself ( doesn't always happen) ..
    I always picture your paintings in ornate gold frames.. something out of a museum. BJ

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    1. Hi BJ,

      Had a problem changing my profile picture. Thank you so much for the very kind words and I should take pictures with my frames, that is exactly how I frame them. I can't imagine any of your work not being beautiful.

      All the best to you,
      Joan

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  3. Oh my gosh, Joan! This is really beautiful. The gorgeous reflections with those soft colors are truly beautiful!! I LOVE mornings ..getting up early is what I try to aim for!!

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    1. Hilda,

      Thank you so much, it's been such a busy summer. Getting ready to do a show.
      Stay cool and enjoy the beautiful day.

      All the best to you
      Joan

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  4. Hi there Joan!... From "The Morning Man"... as my kids called me! Morning is a great time for solitude and quiet... especially for parents.

    All three are cheery... colour and painterly works! Nothing wrong with any of them in my humble opinion Joan! We all suffer from that ailment whereby one finds it necessary to plug on... and as you said... it's always disastrous to the freshness of a work to overwork it beyond reason!

    As Kenny Rogers aptly put it:

    "Ya gotta know when to hold!"

    Good painting!
    Warmest regards,
    Bruce

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    1. Hi Bruce,

      Thank you so much for the encouraging words. I may be over thinking and being to critical. I truly appreciate your input.

      You have a great day,
      Joan

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  5. We all struggle for that fresh, loose and perfect work. Plein air is great because it supplies all the elements of wind, sun and inspiration. Not to mention a definite time limit. Your works are lovely. My favorites are usually your quickly rendered little studies! You are blessed with a great gift! Cheers...

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    1. Hi Trudy,

      Thank you so much for the encouraging words. God Bless you and have a great day.

      Joan

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  6. Joan, if you're not happy with it, then it's no good .... but it sure beats the heck out of me ... I think it's great. I agree with Barbra Joan, your work always lends itself to an ornate frame, like the old masters. I hope you try this one again, and I hope YOU'RE pleased with it next time. ;-)

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    1. Hi John,

      You are so very kind and I appreciate your encouragement. I think we artist all go through our periods of self doubt. That's why blogging is great it helps to get comments from great artist like yourself.

      All the best to you,
      Joan

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  7. Dear Joan - discovered your blog through Sherry's at Conservative Bohemian - love your art - I am a watercolor artist and never worked in oils but I think your paintings are truly beautiful and they do not look overworked to me (but of course we all know what we are looking for when we paint and if it doesn't satisfy us - it just doesn't work). Your pen and ink and watercolor sketch from a previous post is so refreshing. Thanks for sharing. I will be stopping back to visit.

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    1. Dear Debbie,

      Thank you so much for the visit and very generous comment.

      All the best to you,
      Joan

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  8. Hi Joan.
    All three paintings are fantastic. They have everything, Studio and plein air. If I had`to pick a favourite, I wouldn`t be able to. I don`t know how you can get up at 4ish my friend, I certainly couldn`t. When Rosemarie`s working, I get up at 6.30 to make the tea and Rosemary after tea in bed gets up ten minutes later and then me half an hour later. Keep those wonderful paintings coming Joan. All the best my friend.
    Vic.

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    1. Good morning my friend, it is 9:13 am over here, not fully awake. I guess my 4am wake ups are behind me. The days are getting shorter, so the sun doesn't come up until 6. Thank you for the encouragement Vic, I always appreciate your visits.

      All the best to you and Rosemary,
      Joan

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  9. Knowing when to stop is soooo hard! The forty-five minute oil sketch in your prior post is glorious.

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    1. Shirley,

      Thank you so much for the visit and kind words. Yes, I have been doing the 45min to 1hr. sketches. They help. But now I am getting ready to do a show this weekend, it's all so hectic.

      All the best to you,
      Joan

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  10. These are simply divine ... love the atmosphere, the reflections and the clear air (takes a deep breath)

    I'm back again, and can see I've missed a lot!

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    1. Hi John, so glad you are back again. Thank you for the visit and kind words. I've been getting ready for a show and have not been able to post and visit and much as I would like to, so I will come and visit as soon as possible.

      All the best to you,
      Joan

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