April 11, 2012

transition

hush
Hush 18" x 36" oil on canvas

I'm starting work on a series of drawings after my recent 'run' on oil landscapes. The large one, above, was the last painting I did and the drawing below is the first drawing. I like to think switching back and forth keeps me from getting stale. What's surprising is that while it takes less time to complete a painting as I become familiar with style/subject/medium, it seems to take longer and longer to draw. Hmmm.

sleeping spirit
Sleeping Spirit image size 7.5" x 9.5" mixed drawing media on paper

21 comments:

valerie walsh said...

i love both... what can i say, they each have distinct beauty! great work Andrea :)

Ellen said...

Both are lovely, I really love that trippy sky in the drawing. I think this new direction decision is a good thing. We should plan some plein air trips around here.

Within Without said...

Gorgeous -- both.

Sheila Tansey said...

They are both lovely Andrea! Just love them!

SamArtDog said...

For what it's worth, I think that drawing is much more meditative than painting. Less stuff to keep track of, I suppose.

Of course, I like both. A lot.

dinahmow said...

I know what Peter will say when he sees "Spirit."

You seem to be back on the horse.Ride'im, Bucko!

Michelle V. Alkerton said...

Wow, so much drama in Sleeping Spirit!
Stay inspired!

andrea said...

Thanks peeps -- and big sigh of relief. Some 'existential' struggles with the top one but the drawing happened much more organically ... though slowly! Just getting down to business has helped me through my crisis of self confidence.

Umā said...

These are both amazing. The sky in the drawing makes the whole thing feel as if it's moving. Or maybe I'm just having a flashback, lol.

Indigene said...

Well, thank goodness, I don't need to choose, since I love them both! They both bring about distance and peace in two different ways! I find transition scary, but these images feel like a sense of certainty. I love them! :)

emprint said...

The drawing is sooooooo beautiful. Oh, my!

Ponita in Real Life said...

I so love that tree!!! Wow...

kj said...

i've loving your landscapes: look at the depth in this!

andrea said...

Just the encouragement I need to GET BACK TO WORK. Thanks all.

Renée said...

Wow. this is stunning. Using what seems just a few colors you have created such a dynamic painting. I love your work.

andrea said...

Thanks, Renée, and I love getting new visitors!

Roy said...

A very complex drawing Andrea, brilliant.
The style of the oil on canvas is fascinating.

andrea said...

Thanks, Roy!

Rose L said...

I love the Sleeping Spirit. It spoke to me...I felt I was the tree and the "wind" all twisting and in motion was the turmoil in my life. I stand alone in the turmoil, the confusion and disarray, surviving.
Love it.
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Barbara said...

I love both these works, Andrea! Your distinctive style is evident in every one of your black paper drawings I've seen. I've attempted some paintings on black gessoed canvas and somehow they all end up with a generic look to them - my individual style is lost ... any tips?

andrea said...

Hi Barbara! I would just say "think negative space" and highlights. Your painting style is very distinctive so they're probably not as generic-looking as you think.