Friday, March 27, 2009

Suspension 2


It was too cold in the studio last night to work in there, and I had a migraine besides, so no artwork got done yesterday, I'm afraid.  But here's one that I put the final layer on a couple of weeks ago and is now done.

I was recently asked why, when I posted Suspension (#1) a few days ago, I didn't say anything about how tortuous it was to paint with the knife. It was a great question, because it made me stop and think. The answer is that when I try to do realism with a knife, it's agony, but completely abstract with a knife feels just fine.



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11 comments:

Loriann Signori said...

Jala,
You created such a beautiful surface tension balanced by quiet color......

Patrice said...

I like the new look of your blog - and the knife work. Congrats on the awards - you'd have been one of my pics - still mulling them over...

For a migraine: Plunge your hands under hot running water. The shivering response is a vaso-dilator. (I may have mentioned this to you before.) It used to give me relief back when I was a sufferer.

Angela Elledge said...

Hello Jala - I don't remember whose blog I was on when I jumped over here, but I am so glad I am here. Your work is just amazing and I loved scrolling through all of it. I will be back. :)

regis said...

Thank you for your comment. I like your paintings, too. Especially portraits. I link you on my blog. Régis.

Kathleen Weber said...

Love the colors and surface texture!

Janelle Goodwin said...

Hi Jala, This abstract piece is stunning! The colors work so well together. Great painting!

LSaeta said...

I love your knife work and I really love this painting. The colors are magnificent (and my favorite colors). I have no idea how you can create these wonderful abstracts and I would love to know more about how you approach your paintings. Love the palette knife!

brian eppley said...

Jala, this is great. Have you seen bay area artist Nathan Oliviera's work? These pieces make me think of some of his stuff. Could be why I see figures in everything. Thanks for the tag, I'll try to get to my duties, I've been rather busy again.

Maggie Latham said...

I adore this painting! The colours are moody and the minimal tension just speaks to me!
Maggie

Jala Pfaff said...

Loriann - Thank you. I do love the minimalist stuff.

Patrice - Thank you. HOT water, not cold?

Angela - Thank you so much. Please do come visit again.

Regis - Thank you for the portraits compliment. I love doing them.

Kathleen - Thanks!

Janelle - Thanks much.

Leslie - Thank you, fellow knife-painter. I will do a new post just about the process of these.

Brian E - No, I don't know about this artist. Will definitely check out his stuff, thanks.

Maggie - Thanks so much. It's significant coming from a fellow minimalist!

Brian McGurgan said...

I like the subtle colors and composition here very much Jala.