Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Untitled 21 (oil)


Well, I know you've all been waiting with baited breath for the first finished painting from the workshop. Ta-da!

Hope you can see some of the texture and detail, part of what is so interesting about this technique. I think what fascinates me about the technique is that one can achieve results that seem simultaneously primitive and sophisticated.

Oil and cold wax on museum panel, 16" x 16".

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Saw this look of doggy consternation at the door and wondered what was wrong...


...And then looked back to where I had just set down the dogs' breakfast bowls:




Such a dramatic kind of boy. (And he's next to Mojito's bowl, not Jazz's. He knows.)

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13 comments:

Gwen Bell said...

I would love to see this in person. The texture and color are both outstanding!

SamArtDog said...

This looks fantastically deep. How many layers? I definitely want to inspect it.

Sheila Vaughan said...

Yes, it's a fascinating result Jala. Looks like a really interesting process. Surface texture looks wonderful.

carolking said...

What a beautiful painting. The layers make me want to gaze at it for hours and that blue makes me want to dive in.

your doggie at the door just breaks my heart. So cute. How dare the kitty lay by the food bowls.

Janelle Goodwin said...

I love the look of your cold wax panels. Primitive and sophisticated indeed. It's hard to turn away from the beauty of these panels!

diddamsdigitalart said...

I love this, and would love to see it in person, too. It seem very tactile. Yes, sophisticated and primitive at the same time.

Oh that poor dog! Tell him it will be ok.

Blue Sky Dreaming said...

I have been waiting...your workshop sounded so great. I like this piece so much...depth, color and as you said primitive or seeming simple with layers of very sophisticated application...a beauty for sure!

Bonnie Luria said...

Very ethereal and mysterious. Keep the workshop momentum going.

Could Rumi find NO other place to nap but there?!!!! He is is own best agent. I love that kit.

brian eppley said...

excellent work! The messy factor has peeked my interest.

loriann said...

Looks so textural! mysterious. i want to enlarge it even more to look more deeply inside.

Diane Hoeptner (hep-ner) said...

It looks almost like a stippled effect, I imagine it's quite amazing in life. As usual, your pet pictures are both a distraction and a delight. (:

Sonya Johnson said...

Very intriguing! I definitely think this/these paintings lend themselves to close visual inspection to really get the full impact of the texture.

Road trip to Boulder....hmm...

Rumi - what to say? It seems that he knows exactly what he's doing in causing doggie angst.

Jala Pfaff said...

Hi Gwen - For $325 it will arrive at your door for a lifetime of close inspection. ;)

Sam - Since you live across the street, I'm sure this can be arranged. How many layers? Hard to say since some layers go on and then partly or completely removed...but maybe ten to fifteen??

Thank you, Sheila. I actually think the process is one you might really enjoy. It's a process that would work for representational painting, too, especially for the sort of mysterious effects you enjoy.

Hi Carol - I know, how DARE he?!
Maybe I should rename this one "El Cenote"?

Janelle - Thanks much!

Donald - Thank you. "Poor dog," hahahha.

BlueSky - Thank you so much. It was an AMAZING workshop, a very worthwhile experience and a technique I feel holds great potential for future artistic expression.

Hi Bonnie - Oh, he wasn't napping. He ran over there and flopped down, all drama-queen-ish, and then just watched the door for Mojito's reaction. He is a trip.

Brian E - "The messiness factor" piqued your interest? Hahaahahha, that's awesome. :)

Loriann - Thank you. Perhaps I should post a larger version or something. I generally don't want to because I think people with slow connections can't open stuff like that easily. ?

Hi Diane, thank you!

Sonya - Road trip to Boulder--just let me know when you're comin'. You are correct, Rumi calculates these "faenas" and then executes them. He is the funniest cat I've ever had. By that I partly mean he has a noticeable sense of humor.