Thursday, February 3, 2011

Michael Simon Cups



















In my ongoing quest to see differently, apply paint differently, it seemed
a good idea to use Georgia potter, Michael Simon's salt-fired cups as subject
matter. They are so unique with his hand and personality, I really wanted
to do them justice. So I looked and squinted and tortured this poor panel
with multiple scrapings and obliterations, but in that process, realized that
"paint what you see" is very different from "copy what you see." I still
don't have a clear path but there were moments and I want to go wherever
they're leading me.

14 comments:

Pétales de fées said...

Oh chère Lorraine, ces deux pichets sont parfaits ! Tu as raison peindre ce que l'on voit est différent de "copier"... j'aime beaucoup les reflets de lumière sur le pichet de droite, on sent sa texture, sa matière, c'est vraiment très très réussi ! Bravo !

Carol Schiff Studio said...

Love the many neutral shades and those masterful lost edges!

David Nichols said...

I am with you on analyzing the process. Your comment, "apply paint differently" is spot on. You can't take the artist out of the process any more than you can take the person out of his signature. However, you can apply paint differently using different thoughts or certainly different implements. My favorite way to apply paint is with a palette knife but its not all I use. I think what is great about the artistic process is that it is never mastered by anyone. It is certainly a journey that never has a final destination but has so many wonderful rest stops along the way.

David Nichols said...

Very nice painting. I really like the edges and textural elements. The cool background color is a nice foil to the warm color cups. Well done.

Pam Holnback said...

This red mug is gorgeous!

Janice said...

Love the soft muted colors!

Ann Rogers said...

Beautiful, Lorraine...love all the lost and found edges.

martinealison said...

Moi qui aime la terre, la poterie... Je trouve magnifique le rendu des ces pots avec toute la tendresse des couleurs qui font vaciller mon regard de plaisir.
Il faut tout donner avec son ressenti... Bisous

claire christinel said...

Lorraine your paint handling on this one is beautiful as always. I love the variation in colour tone and temperature, the beautiful lost edges, especially along the tops of the cups and your colour palette of sienna with blue grey is really lovely. You even have violet, green and ochre on the table top with little touches of those colours in the cups. Keep doing what you're doing!

Virginia Floyd said...

This is absolutely gorgeous, Lorraine. It's a different color palette for you, and it looks good on you! LOL.

As always, I think your brushwork is stunning. And your values are spot on. Really great!

suzannepaints said...

Lorraine, what a beautiful treatment of the subject. Your lost edges are beautiful.

Carrie said...

Beautiful job, very inspiring!!

Virginia Floyd said...

Thanks for your encouragement, Lorraine! My painting was so tight! I think it's my own nature and I have to keep fighting that tendency. I love your loose style! I wanna paint like you!

Jane said...

I love those warm beige/brown colors against the cold wall. Great painting.