May 16, 2011

Study Study Study

Water Me (9 x 12 pastel), a study sold
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It is probably no surprise that I love the water (dur). What I also love is playing with studies and stopping at points that feel a bit edgy or uncomfortable to me. This piece, done with just a few strokes of color on gray paper just calls out to me as wanting to be finished yet I really enjoy it at this stage, too. By the simple fact that is is not finished, it imbues action, almost a sense of anticipation; "it" becomes demanding. I will likely heed its demand and pursue a completed painting based on this study. It seems one just can't turn down the volume on a painting that wants to be heard!



  1. Beautiful Sandy!! Such movement and feeling of light! You are such an amazing artist, I love coming to see your work on your blog!!

  2. I once had a lady tell me that what she really liked about my work is that it allowed her to 'finish' it in her mind. It's obvious that someone felt the same way about this beauty since it's sold. :-) I love it. I sat in front of it for several minutes in admiration. You've said so much with such economy of stroke and color. Wow!


  3. I once read this fantastic quote by Picasso...

    'To finish a work? To finish a picture? What nonsense! To finish it means to be through with it, to kill it, to rid it of its soul, to give the coup de grace for the painter as well as for the picture.'
    ... Picasso

    It's stuck with me ever since! It's a shame I haven't quite managed to learn from this myself - But I will :0)

    Your sea-scape (one of my favourite subjects too) is absolutely astonishing - as always :0)

  4. i agree with don and could not have said it nearly as well. the gray paper is part of the painting which is just beautiful!

  5. Great work, I love the color of paper that you choose it really does at a different life to your picture. Nice work. We visited Whitbey Island last month for a few days what a beautiful place. Wonderful ocean views and farmland all in the same place.

  6. I agree with what the others have said, beautiful Sandy. Youve captured the scene perfectly.

  7. Ida, thank you so much - you are so generous with your compliment!

    Don, I love those "wows" - thanks for taking the time to sit with the painting for a bit :) and for the kind words.

    Sandra, I love that quote; thank you for sharing it and for your lovely note!

    Suz, thank you so much. I always enjoy your comments.

    Wendy, I'm so glad you had a chance to visit this beautiful place! I love waking up here every day ;). Thanks for stopping by and for the nice comment about my work.

    Sam, it's nice to see you - thank you for the kind comment!

  8. Your painting is beautiful. I love the multicolored look. The movement of the water is impressive and stunning.