Wednesday, September 15, 2010


16x16" oil on canvas

It's that time again! As usual I want to do more on this, I usually don't leave the paint strokes looking so casual, but it dawned on me that I've been wanting my work to look more painterly so why not leave it looking that way. Yep! Figured that out all by myself!

Still, I feel like it looks sloppy. Why, when I see other artist's works that have that fresh, spontaneous feel, do I think them perfect, but when I try to do the same I feel it's looks unfinished? Painting dysmorphic syndrome rears it's ugly head yet again.

The challenge this month, given to the group by new member Elizabeth Blaylock, is to "do a painting with a red, red violet or red orange color dominance."


“Arrangement on Red”
6x6” oil on panel
Elizabeth Blaylock
©2010 Elizabeth Blaylock

“Red Pitcher on Blue Cloth” 
Oil on canvas board 8x10” 
©2010 Diana Moses Botkin

“Red Dance”
8x8” oil on paper
© 2010 Robin Cheers

“Red Brush”
Oil on canvas, 6x8”
©Aaron Johnson

“La Basilique du Val de Grace illuminĂ©e la nuit”
11x14” oil on panel
©2010 Vicki Ross


  1. The Red Paintings are lovely. Sultry is HOT! It evokes all sorts of feelings.

  2. I really like Sultry too - a really hard subject, I would imagine, but executed beautifully!

  3. Wonderful title for such a beautiful piece Suzanne! I can almost feel the silkiness of it.
    Painting dysmorphic sisorder is a disease I share with you.

  4. Suzanne ~ LOVE the freshness of your brushwork combined with softness of the subject. Bravo!

  5. Interesting to read your thoughts about leaving a painting alone at an earlier stage to get a looser look with the brushstrokes. I've been struggling with the exact same battle myself!

    Oh I still love detailed realism but to be able to incorporate it more selectively and leave areas of the painting less finished has been foremost in my goals lately.

    Thanks for voicing these thoughts so well! By the way, I LOVE your painting and yes, it is perfect the way it is.

  6. Sultry is a lovely painting and what a great title!

  7. You can take such an ordinary and simple object and make it simply amazing! I LOVE this painting. Your commentary is always so interesting, too. Well done!!

  8. Absolutely stunning! I always love your 'drapery' abstracts.

    These painting are all great. What a good challenge! Wish I'd been in on this one.

  9. Fabulous! Love the way you've filled the entire canvas with this gorgeous red fabric! HOT!


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