Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Figure Trasitioning

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Figure Transitioning, December 2013
Acrylic on masonite, 48"x32"

______It usually takes me a few weeks to realize a painting has met a I conclusion (wise art professor voice: "Ah, but is art ever complete?"). I know that the figure is done as done can be, as is the hair at the left that's slowing being obscured by aqua and lilac, which is actually my favorite part of the painting since I tried a different layering technique which was surprisingly effective. I've been staring at Mr. Untitled Painting for three days, which is too long to be staring at a painting, and so I decided to focus my attention on something else. After coming back to it, I've realized, you know what? It is done. There's no use overworking it.

______Through painting this, I actually scrambled up an idea for another painting exploring the strictly rendered vs. the inherent gestural, and I think I'm going to toy around with that a bit in my next few paintings. I know I need to get looser and more deliberate with my brushstrokes, and I suppose that's why I like the part where the hair transitions the best--because that was so minimal and not harshly rendered, yet it's still a recognizable something.

______Welp, time to build more canvases! Onward!

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27 comments:

Putri Valentina said...

beautiful!
love the color combination :D

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Alissa said...

I have literally looked at your blog for two minutes with my mouth open. You are INCREDIBLY talented!

Samantha said...

So... you're some kind of renaissance (wo)man, aren't you? Your writing is always so engaging and now I see you are talented in the art field as well! Beautiful paintings, I especially love the colours and how they blend together.

Keit said...

Damn, this looks so real it's scary O_O

saraH said...

That is a gorgeous painting, such talent!

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Jacqueline Stewart said...

wow, this is great ali. and, very mysterious... you know it reminds me of a mermaid or something, which could be just cos i'm thinking about rusalki/water sprites etc cos i posted about them...so, maybe they are just on my mind, but i think not! I love the fact you left it unnamed too. xox I hope you had a good new years.

LyddieGal said...

I love the surreal feel of this painting, and the color choices of course... aqua and green... some of my favorites.

Linda B said...

You did a beautiful job blending those colors into the hair - outstanding as always Ali! I remember when you first posted this on Facebook.
Gosh darn it, you're just so splendidly inspiring, you know that? Haha, onward to more canvases indeed! :)

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Brittney said...

Wow, the colors here are absolutely beautiful. These are all individual strokes right, so you went over the same curve with different colors many times? The end result is stunning!

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Nicole, Coco Maria said...

This is so wonderful, Ali! I love seeing your art (here and on facebook). It's always so beautiful and whimsical. I totally relate to the never knowing when my work is done thing. I do the same thing, but with words. TOO MANY WORDS, SO LITTLE ABILITY TO USE ALL OF THEM EFFECTIVELY.

Larissa said...

Beautiful drawings! I really like those sof colors!
Happy new year :)

xx

Alexandra Zakharova said...

how beautiful that painting is! Especially I love the way you drew a hand, so natural. You have an incredible talent, I wish I could draw like that!

Ashley Taylor said...

Well, I for one, love this! It's like a mermaid :) I really love your artwork AND your vintage style!

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SHOP STYLE CONQUER said...

wow this is gorgeous! puts my art to shame hahaha!

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Anna Gorina said...

Wow! Beautiful painting! Amazing colors!

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Anna Gorina said...

Wow! Beautiful painting! Amazing colors!

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Mirror of Fashion said...

You are SO talented!

Laura said...

Great post!
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Lily Fang said...

Oh, Ali! I'm absolutely enamored by this work. The girl's arm is so realistic, it's uncanny. I love the subtle mix of cool colors and the overall ethereal aura. I totally understand when you say you feel unsettled, because with any kind of art, we never feel like it reaches our standards. Good for you to take a break--that's what I do with writing. I finish, then revist to see what I can touch up. Either way, this is already perfect in my eyes and stunningly beautiful!

I'm so glad that we've become great blog friends as well! I always look forward to your quirky writing, stylish looks, breathtaking art, and genuinely heartfelt comments. You and Linda are the ones who inspire me so much. You're simply the best, dear Ali!

Jamie Rose said...

You're so talented! This is gorgeous!

Ivana Split said...

my favorite part is the hand, it looks absolutely real, like a photograph...and then the way the rest of the painting gets so soft....Wonderful work, my dear!

mochaccinoland said...

i love what u did with the hair! it's like a whirlpool of dreams!!!! <333

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mochaccinoland said...

p/s: yup, i totally agree with u on freeing one's mind from something u are so focus on in order to get a new & fresh perspective. i did that a lot :)

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GitaRegina said...

I love your painting and your thought. I love how you express your feeling through that painting :D
anyway, I follow you now, hope you can follow me back ;)

xo,
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Joyce said...

soo beautiful. I just stared at it for the longest time, this is so mesmerizing! All those colors are blended together so beautifully :)

libys11 said...

wow this is amazing!!! :D

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Hannah Gottlieb-Graham said...

Wow, this is BEAUTIFUL! I'm so impressed with your work, especially your color choice! You've clearly got loads of talent and I can't wait to see your paintings down the road!

Xo, Hannah

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