Friday, July 27, 2007

desert moon

Some of my favourite movies are ones that are completely unpredictable like, say, Crash. I hate it when they end. Paintings can be like that, too. How one painting plays out always influences how I expect the next one to unfold. Well, blow me down, it never works that way! This one required me to make one eensy change in imagery and repaint one teensy section, unlike the previous, oh, ten thousand. I didn't want it to end. I also expected this one to be very pale and bright, but I guess the moon was a greater influence than I was.

Coincidentally, this week's Illustration Friday topic is 'moon.' It's too bright out to take a proper photo today, so here's the final easel shot instead.

If you're interested in watching this painting morph from beginning to end there's a slide show here.


Blogger Focus_ret said...

A fascinating slide show. Thanks for sharing that! It is a neat painting too - an interesting blend of realistic and abstract.

27/7/07 3:33 p.m.  
Blogger Sorrel Sparks said...

Wow, that lovely!

27/7/07 3:57 p.m.  
Anonymous AscenderRisesAbove said...

this is just lovely; indoors or out!

(I am taking a class tommorrow to find how I can take nicer shots of my art)

27/7/07 4:04 p.m.  
Blogger Angela Rockett said...

I LOVE it, Andrea!

27/7/07 4:05 p.m.  
Blogger Barbara said...

Another wonderful work, Andrea. Congratulations.

27/7/07 4:29 p.m.  
Blogger marcisenders said...


27/7/07 4:57 p.m.  
Blogger ValGalArt said...

Perfect timing for this painting! There is nothing like the feeling of savouring every moment of painting a painting and not wanting it to end. I love that!!! I really enjoyed the complete progression and love the painting too!

27/7/07 7:07 p.m.  
Blogger CS said...

Oh, I like the slide show!

27/7/07 7:12 p.m.  
Blogger Tori said...

I love Crash...and more importantly I love this piece of art...I can't wait until I can afford to make a purchase!

27/7/07 7:34 p.m.  
Blogger zime said...

This composition es great!! I love the colors.

27/7/07 7:49 p.m.  
Blogger claudine hellmuth said...

beautiful! love the colors!

27/7/07 8:48 p.m.  
Blogger Ces said...

I love the morphology of your painting. Since I did not go to art school, I thought I was the only one who start with a totally different background color and end up with a completely different color.

27/7/07 9:13 p.m.  
Blogger kj said...

andrea, this is probably a crazy question but have you ever felt proud of me?

because that is exactly how i feel about you when i look at this painting. it's a home run.


27/7/07 9:13 p.m.  
Blogger tlc illustration said...

pretty, pretty, pretty!

(And isn't it a full moon out tonight? How thematic!)

28/7/07 1:29 a.m.  
Blogger susan said...

turned out so pretty! will show my students your process... thanks!

28/7/07 5:51 a.m.  
Blogger Janvangogh said...

I enjoyed the slide show. Much easier to see your progress than scrolling through the blog.

28/7/07 5:56 a.m.  
Blogger carla said...

This one turned out beautifully! I enjoyed the slide's always fascinating to see an artist's process. It's funny how some paintings are agonizing and others happen fairly "easily." I just gessoed over most of a painting this nmorining in sheer disgust, but I'm trusting that it will work on the second pass! Well done, my dear!

28/7/07 7:52 a.m.  
Blogger Heather said...

Ooo... I LIKE it! I love your colour choices. I'm always the most afraid of colour, because I don't trust myself to match well. I wish I could sit and watch you paint some time.

28/7/07 2:05 p.m.  
Blogger DaisyB said...

Awesome Andrea! Thanks for the slideshow, very nice idea. Love your vibrant colors. Great painting.

28/7/07 6:58 p.m.  
Blogger Twisselman said...

Warm and beautiful.

29/7/07 4:10 p.m.  
Blogger Kim Carney said...

i love love love that moon!

30/7/07 11:27 a.m.  
Blogger r.prat said...

wonderful work! Love the composition and colours:)thanks for your comment :)

30/7/07 1:01 p.m.  
Blogger atomicvelvetsigh said...

this is an amazing piece! a mix of culture and beliefs.. lovely take on this week's topic..

30/7/07 5:29 p.m.  
Blogger vfm4 said...

don't you love it when illofriday comes with a topic you've just been working on? :-)

31/7/07 7:21 a.m.  
Blogger md said...

i like the way u evolved this painting wondwerful colors, textures and patterns at play here

31/7/07 5:27 p.m.  
Blogger platinum blonde said...

wonderful the colors & patterns

1/8/07 11:42 a.m.  
Blogger LDahl said...

Wow, this is terrific!

2/8/07 12:41 p.m.  
Blogger lil kim said...

That is so amazingly beautiful. I recently spent about 3 weeks driving through Arizona/New Mexico and this reminds me so much of that landscape. gorgeous!

2/8/07 10:25 p.m.  
Blogger Bronwyn said...

I absolutely love this painting! How much are you selling it for? I love the silvery water, the colour blending in the patterns around the lizard, the rich dark vibrant colours, the tribal 'feeling'. Thank-you for the slideshow, what an interestng insight. I'd love to see you paint on YouTube.

4/8/07 4:05 a.m.  
Blogger andrea said...

Thanks all. Bronwyn: a 24" x 24" sells for about $800 CAD in a gallery but I sold this one privately. I love the YouTube idea. If I could figure out a smart way to do it I would definitely try it.

4/8/07 6:53 a.m.  

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