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Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Winter Road Revisited - 4x8 Oil Painting



4"x8" oil painting on canvas panel
SOLD

"The growth of understanding follows an ascending spiral rather than a straight line"
- Joanna Field

I originally approached this scene in a larger painting at the end of last year (original post here). I got this idea a week ago that I should re-approach the very last scene that I painted in 2008 to see what's changed about my style in the last year. It was a fun and interesting exercise for me, and gave me a clearer view about where I'm trying to head now.

I was painting in a more impressionistic style at the end of last year, and while I enjoyed it, I wanted to get to a point in my paintings where I really got to play around with edges and softness and more subtle transitions. I know people that still prefer my older style, and it's not really about which is "better" but which suits me better as an artist. It didn't really click for me until this month, but I finally feel like I'm getting closer to making the picture in my head match what's on the canvas, and I'm excited to see what happens next year!

I also wanted to share this video of Ira Glass with some comforting words about transitioning as an artist. I originally saw it posted on artist Celeste Bergin's blog; I've found it to be very useful, because I know that we're all sometimes a little harsh on ourselves as artists and it's easy to want to give up when you're stuck.





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Blogger Two Happy Stampers said...

Wonderful job on the shadows! It's interesting to see how our work changes with time. =)

10:03 PM  
Blogger Elizabeth Seaver said...

Thanks for the gorgeous work and the great YouTube video. I put your site up on my blog with a link to this post.

9:10 AM  
Blogger Kerri Settle said...

Thank you both! And thanks Elizabeth. Watching the video was kind of an a-ha moment for me and it really clicked, and I know it will for other artists too.

7:52 PM  
Blogger Carol Schiff Studio said...

Kerri, Thanks for posting the video. I THINK I knew that, but it is comforting to have someone else confirm it. Also, I was thinking I'm a little slower than everyone else, so it was good to hear him say the same about himself.

7:44 AM  
Blogger Kerri Settle said...

Hi Carol! It was the same for me. I KNEW it, but just having someone else that's successful actually say it was pretty comforting.

11:52 PM  

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