Saturday, November 8, 2008

My new desert friend and some art

I had another visit from Mr. Roadrunner the other day. This time, I was quick enough to snap a couple of photos. Isn't it cool? I was so excited to see the roadrunner again. I am hoping to do some drawings, but I need to get over my reluctance to draw from a photograph. At least for this speedy bird.

I have been in the studio. I don't know why, but sometimes the creative process is a painful one. Lately, I have been suffering from a heavy dose of self doubt. It makes it hard to even put the brush to canvas. I will mix colors, load up my brush, and stand there for an eternity, trying to overcome my doubts. ugh. It is not fun. (Does anyone else have this problem?) I finally was able to overcome it, and this is what I did. This is a small canvas, measuring 14 x 11 x 3 inches. I love those deep edge canvases, and the way they become almost sculptural, hanging on the wall. Once it dries, I will take a photo of it on the wall so you can see how it looks hanging. (I realize my photos are a bit blurry. Please excuse the lack of quality photography!)

I am hoping to have enough new paintings that I like to take down to the gallery in Palm Desert. I have two other paintings in the same size, which I am slowly bringing to a place that I am satisfied with. Here is a photo of two of them together. For some reason, the colors make me think of gemstones. I guess I needed some shiny gemstone colors in my life!

I am interested in what you think of these new paintings. Any feedback will be welcome! It's okay if you don't like the paintings, but try, if you can, to tell me what it is that you don't like. Otherwise, how will I improve??? Thank you thank you thank you! I appreciate all of your comments more than I can say. Have a grand weekend, my dear blog readers!


lee said...

now who would not love those paintings, the colours they just draw you in they are have self doubt such a great artist, there should be no self doubt you are talented lady.

Peggi Habets said...

I especially like the green painting on the right. It has a very meditative, serene feel to it and the lines are subtle but interesting enough to keep your attention. Nice work!

High Desert Diva said...

The colors in the painting on the left make me happy, but I'm more drawn to the painting on the right.

Makes me think of sand and water... the self-doubt...constantly

bindu said...

I like the colors and moods in both paintings. The one on the right is very soothing, like an inverted sunset. The pink and blue one is nice too - the only thing I'm not sure about is the pink gemstone. But if I look at it long enough, it does blend in. Nice work! Great job capturing the quick little roadrunner in sharp focus. Looking forward to seeing what you create with him. :)

Red Fish Circle said...

I am really loving the textures in these two paintings. Keep going, keep exploring, these colors and textures are working and leading to a nice direction.

Melissa and Emmitt said...

hi karine!
oh i LOVE your new paintings. your new color pallet is gorgeous!
i am always so impressed with your worka dn all of the different styles an mediums you master!

Anke said...

HI Karine....oh the roadrunner is so cute! Are they really so fast like in the comics?
Now to your always amazes me how much depth you can put in there.....especially the blue-orange-pink one. Reminds me on a sunset on the ocean and the floating ball in the middle is me,'s a really calming paiting to me. The next one I love the color combination and the darker blue that attracts your attetion the most. It's like those two round things are glowing in there, like they want to say'Hello here we are!'. I enjoyed looking at them both and I think they fit perfect together next to each other! One more relaxing the other one more activating. Hope you won't have a hard time starting next time....smiles, Anke ;)

Karine said...

Thank you, everyone for your helpful comments. It does help to have feedback.

Anke, yes, the roadrunner is a really fast bird. My dog tried to chase one once, and he was left in the dust of that roadrunner!

Robyn said...

Your colour combinations are wonderful and each combination sets a mood that is different to the other . I also love the painting, New Day in the last post.

kate smudges said...

I like 'Flowers in Violet' the best - I think it is the vibrancy of the colours (that may have much to do with winter setting in). My second choice is the painting on the right. I love the colour combinations and the three circles that draw my eye.

Your work is all stunning to me. I think self-doubt happens no matter what we do - just don't let it stop you from painting. You are so talented!

Have a good week!!!