Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Growing Pains

Today I completed two new oil paintings that are different from what I have been working on up to this point. These have been painted on top of other paintings, so there are at least 2, if not 4 layers of paint underneath the final layer. Somehow, the texture and color underneath seems to make everything work so much better. Just think, I nearly threw away all of my old paintings, so that I could start fresh. If I had done that, I am certain these two paintings would NEVER have been painted.

What I learn from art can also be applied to life. Sometimes, we think we need to discard the old places, old clothes, old friends, etc. in order to have a fresh start. Has that ever happened to you, when you were so miserable you thought if you just moved to a new place, your life would be better. I am sure there are times when that may be true. Yet, there is merit in finding the fresh start within us. A new attitude makes everything that was old look new. That attitude can be applied to the things, places and people we were going to discard. Then those old things are made new once more, just because we are seeing them with fresh eyes.

These measure I think 25 x 25 x 1 1/2 inches. (I am too tired to double check the measurements. If that is wrong, I will fix it tomorrow after a night of sleep.)

I also have a nice orange desert mallow photo to share with you. This was taken in my friend, Marjorie's yard. I will most likely have some desert tortoise video footage for you in the next day or so. Stay tuned!! Happy Tuesday, everyone!


Cholla Dog said...

karine, i am SO excited about these! they are very atmospheric in a way that is fresh and new, and the portal-like suggestion of those doors is very intriguing. they are very secretive paintings. i want to know what's through those doors. well done! glad you had such a successful day in the studio! xoxo

Carmen said...

These are absolutely gorgeous!

Nancy and the fatties said...

Karine, these are amazing. These are really important works. I can see these in my mind hanging next to Rothko and holding their own.

Nancy and the fatties said...

Karine, I blogged about you today. I am amazed at your new works. My dear, you are perhaps the most gifted artist I know.
big hugs to you and Pono...

Manon Doyle said...

I just saw your work on Nancy's blog! I love it!!

L.Holm said...

Just found your beautiful work and wonderful site from Nancy's post! So glad she directed us your way.

Have wanted a fresh start/clean slate/new location more times than I can count!
best regards,

Kathleen Harrington Paints said...

This is such a wonderful concept - of building on what came before. Great results!

Melissa and Emmitt said...

hi karine!
these paintings are magical and very insightful just like your post. you are right. the fresh start starts with our thoughts about things... our attitudes.

you are so inspiring.