Okay this rabbit showed up in our backyard about 2 months ago and has decided to stay.
He's real sweet, great personality and all and a whole lot of fun anatomically.
So here's my first attempt at expressing his personality. "I'm Late" is a 16 x 20 oil on canvas.
I still have some more work to do but here it is.
Every painting has it's challenges. Some more then others.
I photographed pelicans and brought them home to my studio to paint.
Painting from photographs are so limiting. One must draw upon real self experience to make them work as a painting. Creating an image that looks 3 dimensional from a 2 dimensional source has it's challenges.
But the challenges are fun and rewarding. You learn so much as you go through the process.
Edges and values. Lines and warms and cools. So much to learn and I'm glad.
Even though I do not look at this painting as a complete success I have learned from the experience.
I used to throw in the towel for the day if I couldn't get it right. Now I talk myself through the difficulties and keep plugging away. Telling myself " I can do this". I'm working on eliminating the excuse " I can't do this".
Flipping the switch, turning the knob to I can do this.
Here is the results of a new beginning. A new process.
I've learned art is a life long learning experience. Probably one that will always have an door open.
Note no signature on this painting. Still in the process, not yet complete.
The more I see and the more I read it appears big animals are being put into smaller spaces. Whether intentionally like a cage or expanding human/livestock perimeters. Big animals are being forced to assimilate to new standards of living. So here is a painting portraying a Tiger a big Cat put into a small space.
The total size of the piece is 16" x 16", which is a relatively small support size for such a large animal.
. The tiger could not fit proportionally into this square size so the actual image had to be contained into a smaller rectangular space. Big Animals in small spaces.....
I'm working on the borders of this piece...not sure what I will come up with.
Warms and Cools. Composition and Simplicity. The strength of one. They all came together to create this painting. So here they are.....The Soloist a 30" x 15" Oil on Canvas.
This painting began with a burnt umber ground and was built with a Burnt umber pick out.
I enjoy this process. Drawing with paint. The light areas are created by removing the paint with a clean brush or Q-tip. This helps to set my values and the mood of the painting to come.
So here it is.
The first painting of the New Year has been completed. It's title is Destiny of Souls. This is an Oil painting on canvas 40" tall by 30" wide. After sleeping with the painting a few nights, I hang the painting on the wall facing my bed,the title emerged.....Destiny of Souls. The release of the preys soul as it is caught and the comfort and exhilaration of the lions soul after the catch. I wanted to create a feeling of uneasiness as the lion runs directly toward the viewer. Please check out my website, marlaepsteinart.com for price info and feel free to email me . So here it is: