Thursday, 27 March 2014

Dappled Light at Houghton

                                                    Acrylic on board 15cm x 15cm

I've been making excuses lately about not having time to paint because of being on a writing bender. While it's true that I've been writing at every available opportunity, it doesn't mean I can't make more effort to fit things in around it. In fact, I had been managing creative balance quite well for a year or two but I got derailed when I hurt my back last October and haven't managed to get back on track since. Michael Perchard's comment on my previous post somehow permeated my writing fog and I now hope to revive my weekly painting habit. Thanks Michael!

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  1. love the dappled light captured in your painting Wendy, how busy you must be with your writing and painting. I seem to just manage with painting and keeping up with the washing and ironing!

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    1. Thanks Lorraine, I'm certainly not a paragon of domesticity when I'm embroiled in writing and painting. Unfortunately, there just isn't enough time in a day!

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  2. All the best with your painting!
    'love your work, as always Wendy!

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  3. I'll look forward to each one of your paintings, too! This one is wonderfully painted, with all the colors and excitement, yet a strong permeating sense of happiness, and well-being in the scene. Very nice!

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    1. I really appreciate your comments Katherine! I was pleased to hear that you sensed those attributes in my painting.

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  4. This is lovely with all the figures and the dappled light. I'm glad Michael gave you the nudge to get painting again. I love seeing your paintings!

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    1. Thanks so much Joan! Yes, Michael's comment was a great motivator. But how quickly the week passes and already I must decide on my next subject matter! I can't even begin to imagine how you manage to paint daily - and such varied subjects!

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  5. I just love this impressionistic style you have used here , beautiful and lively subject !

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    1. Thanks so much Jane! I'm glad you like it!

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  6. Wendy this is lovely! It brings to mind Renoir's 'The Boating Party' or other impressionist scene's like Monet's dappled light garden landscapes. Katherine is right it gives a wonderful sense of happiness. beautfiul.

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    1. Thank you for such a wonderful compliment Sally! The Boating Party has always been a favourite painting of mine. I was pleased to be able to get a little closer to an impressionist style than usual. I had to actively hold myself back from adding more detail into the figures!

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  7. p.s. so sorry you are experiencing back pain, that's totally no fun.

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  8. A beautiful and airy piece,Wendy!! You have captured the light so well! I'm happy for you that you are finding harmony between the two!

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    1. Thanks so much Celia! I'm certainly trying to find harmony between the writing and painting but day to day life seems to get in the way of both. some weeks more than others!

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    2. Love the composition and the dappled light. It's a lovely piece. I'm so impressed that you can write and paint. It's wonderful to find harmony and happiness in both.

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  9. Good on you Wendy! I only hope I didn't pressure you into painting too much! But I must admit I am glad you did this one! I love it! I so enjoy the way you handled the lights and darks. That dappling effect is beautiful! You created tremendous harmony! A visual treat! It reminds me so much of so many of the beautiful impressionists works! I agree with all the other comments! Love what Katherine wrote, "sense of happiness and well-being!" so true! So bravo on you!
    (Thank you for the supportive comment yesterday. Still so sad but carrying on!
    Your Grateful To Be Your USA Cobber Art Buddy!
    Michael

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    1. Also, so very sorry about your back pain! I have back issues and I know how horrible back pain can be! Hang in there Wendy!
      Michael

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    2. You didn't pressure me at all Michael - it was a timely and much appreciated comment. I suddenly realised how many weeks had passed since my last painting. My wildlife pictures and old paintings could only fill the gap for so long!
      I'm very happy that you like the painting and that you and Sally felt it reminded you of the impressionists. A great compliment indeed! It is a style that I want to learn how to do well.
      Now I need to think of the next thing to paint as it is already a week since I posted this. The weeks pass in a blur!
      I LOVE the portraits you are doing!
      Your art blogger cobber,
      Wendy
      P.S. Thanks for the encouragement with the back. I need it at times. Sorry to hear that you too suffer from it.

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  10. Me gusta, muy buena luz, Abrazos.

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    1. Thanks so much for your kind comments Carmen!

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  11. Wendy this is lovely. You are certainly talented my friend. Looks like a cool place to rest on a hot summer's day. Thanks for sharing (hope your back is getting better)!

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    1. Thanks so much Debbie. It was a very hot day when this photo was taken so it was very cooling in the shade. I hope you are beginning to get some warmer weather now?

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  12. Just the type of painting I love Wendy. A captured moment in an impressionistic style. You have achieved so much uplifting energy in this with your brush strokes, the light and the subject. I am really glad you are back in painting mode.

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    1. You are very kind Laura! I'm glad you felt I managed an impressionist style - it is something I often aspire to but just as often fall short of! Hopefully I'll be able to continue in this vein! I love the delicate flowers you have been doing of late!

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  13. So glad you listened to Michael, this is stunning. The dappled light is superb.
    Love it.
    Von

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  14. Thanks so much for visiting Vonny and for your very uplifting comments!

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  15. Very beautiful and inviting, Wendy! I love the atmosphere you captured and the impressionistic style. Great that you painted again. :)

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  16. Thanks so much Hilje, I'm glad you like it.

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