Sunday, November 25, 2012

Three Roses - SOLD

"Three Roses", 10 x 8 In, Oil on Museum Board
I began this painting with the intention of making it abstract than the last painting, but basically went the other way. I appreciate the comments on the last painting about how to become more abstract--I will be trying some new experiments!


  1. Hi Kathryn, Happy Holidays! I love your work the way it is, but also appreciate you stretching in new directions. Have you seen Lisa Daria's work, she does a nice job of abstracting florals and playing with colors and shapes. Check it out, I find the simplicity inspiring.

  2. I'm not sure what you mean by "abstraction." But one way to jolt yourself into painting differently for experiment would be to make everything more difficult. Choose a seemingly impossible arrangement of things, lots of confusion, and give yourself your accustomed length of time to cope with it. If you usually control the light, try painting in fully natural light (light that will change while you paint as though the still life were en plein air). Making the work bigger is also a way of complicating it, and if expense is a factor, for the sake of experiment do the abstraction paintings on inexpensive canvas panels. If there are more colors, shapes and lines to juggle, of necessity you'll have to simplify or "guess" -- and the more you allow the "mistakes" and guesses to rest as they are or to be incorporated into the unfolding image, the more the picture stays true to perception and yet acquires a less realist appearance. Recall to yourself the experiences you had when you began painting, when you really did have to struggle, and adopt that visual "innocence" as a deliberate strategy.

    I think this might be the first time I’ve commented at your blog (?) but I’ve followed it for quite a while. I really enjoy your work.

  3. This painting is a little jewel, Kathryn. So beautiful!

  4. Thank you all for your comments. Its so interesting just trying something new--I'm ever mindful of the George Bernard Shaw quote at the top of my page!