Wednesday, 13 May 2015

Evening Falls

I've not posted for while but have managed to get in some painting, much of it for other people. However, last week I got away to spend a few days with my oil painting guru, Martin Kinnear. As usual I came away inspired and with a few new paintings and techniques. The painting below is one of them. As it happens I posted the image on FaceBook last night and this morning it sold, a very speedy turn around.


Evening Falls - Oil on board 24" x 20"

8 comments:

L.W.Roth, said...

Sound like a lovely trip. I love the painting. It shows great development. I hate the sunbeam. It struck me as if you spilled some bleach on the canvas and it streaked down. I don't want to hurt your feelings and hopefully didn't since it sold and is someone else's, but that is something I would have softened up considerably if not totally eliminated. First reactio upon first sight. I could have not commented. I could have just told you how terrific, but I like you. I am surprised at Greg.

Mick Carney said...

Linda - I share something of your feeling about the beam and given a few weeks with it might well have started to make some adjustments. Begs the question " When do you let people see your work?'Once it's out there there's no turning back. I'll think a lot harder in future of showing stuff before I'm totally happy. Having said that I know it will be a problem to make that decision.

L.W.Roth, said...

I worried about my comment all day yesterday. I didn't want to hurt your feelings, but I had to tell you the beam looked odd--almost and perhaps a reflection caught of the camera lens. I'm sorry if I was too rough. I think we can't let paintings fresh off the easel get away from us without a period of casual, uninvolved observation OR a good look at it in translation on the computer. I would wager all of us would like some of our paintings back when we see them months, years, after the fact. But the client is happy and oblivious to our constant pursuit of perfection, which doesn't exist, yet taints our judgment as we pursue improvement. I did think your rendering of the grasses and water superb. Streak aside, it was a beautiful painting. You've come a long way since the lemons. Your trip was successful.

RH Carpenter said...

The sunbeam threw me a bit, too, and I thought maybe it was a trick of the photo...but then thought it was right for a beam of light from the brightest part of the sun. I like the painting and feel a real glowing warmth to it that is very appealing and can understand why it sold (congratulations on that sale!!). Sounds like you had a lovely time with your mentor, too. Isn't it odd how we are timid to tell one another the truth about our work? I find Linda's words very honest and true and yet she worried so much about it...what a good friend to step out there and say, well, that part bothers me! I want true friends like that...who will tell me the truth and not just say, How lovely! I often find friends are more likely to leave those kind of comments in an email and not on the blog, but it wouldn't bother me either way. In fact, when you work alone, you need some feedback that gives you a direction. Keep painting, keep selling, keep working towards your perfection :)

Caroline Simmill said...

Congratulations on the sale Mick, you always do so well on your painting courses with Martin, the colours and drama in your painting are so very beautiful. I do hope you continue with the oil landscapes you really do have a natural way with them.

Mick Carney said...

Linda - You should never worry about making the sort of constructive observations that will help with my development. The reason for posting work is to attract such comment. Thank you.

Mick Carney said...

Rhonda - Once again thanks for your interest and I thoroughly endorse you remarks about the posting of comments. I post to learn and appreciate remarks that make me think about my work.

Mick Carney said...

Caroline - As always thanks for your encouragement.