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Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Finished Texture Painting : Creating Bliss


 Hi there.  I've got a new painting to show you!  Just finished the final little details on it today.  It has many of my favorite things...texture, a peacock feather... which of course includes peacock colors, copper (well actually a combo of copper and soft brass), and lots of texture (yes, I know I said it twice!).



There are SO many layers on here!  Heavy gel medium, which I drew into when wet, then layer after layer of paint and glazes.  

It is painted on a gallery wrapped 9 x 12 inch canvas.















And speaking of gallery, that's why I've been so quiet around here.  This painting and many others you've seen here, along with others that are in progress, will be on their way to hang (and hopefully sell)  in an art gallery soon!  I'm so excited!    And I will also be working on getting my jewelry AND photography there too!  What a dream come true!  More details to come...


And just for fun, I though I'd show some in-progress photos of this piece.  The first one below shows the first layers of paint.  I had a bit of a different plan for the painting.  I was going to do it in the EXACT colors of my "Finding Balance" painting so they would hang well together, but the painting decided that's not what it wanted.  So after adding several more layers of paint and glaze over this...



I finally decided to listen to what it wanted.   
To be an artist is to be brave so...I had to be brave and do this...


paint most of it out with Titan Buff (off white) and start the new layers!  Eek!  But I was excited to take that step because I knew that's where it needed to go.  Things go a lot smoother and are a lot more fun when I listen to the art and my own intuition.

Try to do the same for yourself...be brave and listen.


24 comments:

AZviaTx said...

Esther,
I bow before the queen of the peacock feather!
Tina

Mandy said...
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Mandy said...

oops...that was me...too many spelling errors...lol...your work is always amazing, always inspiring...wish i could texture up like you!!!!and just blows me away...you are a talent esther...a true artist to the core...with such an eye...i have loved every piece you have made since i discovered your blog...no wonder your work is going into an art gallery...can't wait to hear how it goes...xxx
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Michele from Pipi La La said...

Wow Esther! This is gorgeous!

And big congrats on your gallery showing! Yay!

Rossylalah said...

All the best for your gallery showing. I wish I could be there! I love that feeling when you're creating something and you just know its the "right" thing to do color-wise AND it works out. Doesn't happen to me often but you know when it happens. Beautiful work Esther!

Diane said...

I love this!! And I know how scary it is when you decide to change up everything--but knowing that it's the right thing to do, because you end up with this beautiful artwork.
And good luck at your gallery show--how exciting!

Two Dog Pond said...

Beautiful and regal! Congratulations on the gallery show! Everything will sell... it's all so amazing.

Joyelle @ An Artful Endeavor said...

Wow, exciting news! I am sure your gallery show will be a great success! Congratulations : )

JessiVille said...

E., You are so brave to change up your canvas like that! All that work and then taking the leap so the art can become what it needs to be. Stunningly beautiful!!!
I am so happy for you that you are showing in a gallery! Congrats - very exciting! I finally updated my blog and have added you to my blog list favs. Good luck with your gallery show!

Brigitte aka Scrappassie said...

First of all, congratulations on the Art Gallery ! That's fantastic (and a bit scary too LOL) ! I love your painting and the steps you showed. Could be me painting ... Isn't it fantastic to see that you can/must go in a totally different direction to complete a painting ? I love the colors of the final result ;-)

pupton said...

Hi Esther, I found you via OWOH but checked back on your blog today and was wowed by the colors and textures of the peacock feather! Great job!

Lori said...

Hi, Esther! *Ü*

Oooooh, I'm so totally drooling over that first peacock painting! Congrats on the Gallery gig and I hope you sell everything on opening night!

Thanks too for stopping by my blog on your OWOH tour—hasn't this been so fun to do?! The celebrity I missed getting that pic of was Nathan Filion from the Castle TV show. Still bummed about that! :-(

Cindy Adkins said...

Oh your work is gorgeous!!! And congrats on the gallery!!! I know what it feels like as this is a new experience for me and it's so exciting...

Your work is glorious!!

XO
Cindy

Deborah said...

Hi Esther, Love love love this painting. Love the texture and the colors. Congratulations on your exhibition. I wish I could come see it but you must share lots of pictures. I am really trying to be "brave and listen" to my intuition too :) Thank you for stopping by and getting some trim.

Lubna said...

It is BEAUTIFUL.

Kristin said...

WOW! What wonderful news!!!! I am SO happy for you - you so deserve it TG!!! And this piece is simply stunning - funny how it told you were to go, eh?! LOVE to you, xoxo

Sandy said...

Congratulations on your gallery showing. This peacock feather is phenomenally textured... Love it.

Thanks for stopping by my blog. The violin you asked about was an ornament purchased at JoAnn's after Christmas at 90% off.

Bec Clarke said...

Oh my goodness I am stunned at how beautiful that painting is. I have been taking the class but have not been able to do any practical work yet, I am sooo inspired!!!
I can't wait to hear how your exhibition goes.

Anonymous said...

love the texture. awesome work!
Sanja xox

koralee said...

Thank you for visiting me..your work is amazing!!! Off to poke around your blog for a bit...happy weekend. xo

Zorana said...

What a beautiful piece! Loved seeing the process part... Amazing texture and wonderful, deep colors. Congratulations on the gallery show! Well deserved. xo

Sada Vee said...

WOW! How DO you DO it?? Each painting more beautiful than the next. Each one I look at....is my favourite!!!

Rebecca Everett said...

Oh wow!!! I am so happy for your gallery showing!! And to be able to show your photography and jewelry too~ totally awesome. Congrats!!

How could I forget that peacock feather is absolutely gorgeous stunning!! The textures and colors are suburb!! Love it, Girl!!

Kristin Langlais said...

I just wanted to let you know I had just randomly found your site and I fell in love instantly! I mainly paint and am trying to expand with different mediums and your work is just the inspiration I need. It is amazing, I love it!