Monday, June 16, 2008

Vineyard Painting

This painting is for Weisingers Show this week. When I painted it I was gravely dissapointed and yet I keep getting feedback that this is the favorite of the landscapes. It's so interesting how point of view differs. I cannot be objective no matter how I try. When I like something it's often because I know I reached some goal or new breakthrough. This paintings day I was struggling and wasn't having any breakthroughs. The only thing I could say to myself was " a year ago your bad painting days were alot worse than this."

Should I refrain from admitting to the "public" when I don't like something very well? Probably.


Nance said...

Wellyaknow, it would be interesting to know what it is you don't like about this painting. Details that you didn't include the way you wanted? No problem if you say you don't like it, but including reasons would be okay too :-).

If others are like me, they are responding to the feel of this painting - You approached it at such an angle that you get the sense of open sky and land and the "adornment"of the vines and trees. I will be eager to hear how the show goes. Love you, Nance

sarahfburns said...

I don't like the gloppy thick paint, I wasn't happy with the color of the sky and clouds at first, (I changed them, they're better). I don't know exactly, but the painting kind of embarrasses me. It didn't embarrass me so much that I didn't show it. And it's interesting to me that a few people have told me it's their favorite one of this Weisingers group.

What I am fairly happy about is the composition.

Being cranky about how things turn out helps me grow. So that's good.

Tracy said...

Hi Sarah, I have been lurking a bit here, and thought I'd finally come out:)

I agree that it's good to figure out why you don't like on of your own paintings (that's a universal you, not you you) but I have learned to not say out loud and in public that I don't like one of my own paintings. In a sales setting, like in a gallery, it actually can seem like an insult to someone who may want to buy it. Like "I hate this and what's wrong with you for liking it?"

Not to say that there aren't plenty of my own paintings that I don't like though!

Anyway, I think the pattern in the foreground of this piece is appealing and the composition is nice.

sarahfburns said...

Hi Tracy,

I really appreciate your comment - right on.

Keep growing but don't insult people - life in a nutshell.

Steven LaRose said...

For what its worth: I was putting everything I made up on a flickr page for a while, and when it came time to "pay" some people, I told them they could choose anything they wanted from the site. I was astonished when all five people chose something that I had thrown away in a fit of disgust.

Also, one time, I brought a sample board into my gallery in Chicago, just to flirt with the girl behind the front desk. While I was there, the owner walked by with some clients. With a knowing sidewise glance, the owner was able to sell the ugly piece of crap.

I wonder how my ethics meter would work today, but back then, the money was essential.

sarahfburns said...

I guess art can be like anything, as long as it's usable, we should use it - I think my daughter pointed this out to me. She mentioned that I'm not always happy with meals I make, but we always eat them unless they're really terrible.

People should have original artwork more often. if someone can value it, great. I have a hard time "wasting" things. Drilled into me in my youth.