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On the Easel

My time in Israel is winding down quickly, and with it also my painting time. I have much to look forward to, including the city of Naples, a new home, further academic studies, getting married, seeing my family, as well as all the Italian food and etiquette I have been missing like crazy. Sometimes it can be hard to concentrate on the painting with all the things that need attention right now. I thought I would show a couple of my works in progress in their various stages of starts and restarts before I may find it necessary to pack them away and resume them again later after moving.

The sink study above was a quick one, maybe about an hour at most. I plan on doing another one, but much more “finished,” because I like both quick/sketchy paintings and more defined ones for so many reasons. They have different things to see about the experience of perceiving the space and subject.

The square bedroom ones below instead already involve many days and hours overlapping. I don’t share these because I am happy with them now as they are as a whole, but rather to share the process of what I am thinking about as I paint them and look at them. They have parts or aspects that perhaps I am pleased with or make me think of new directions to take. In the square painting below, for example, I am happy with the back left corner of the room, particularly with the cat cage and Christmas tree sticking out of it. But in order for the painting to be more representative of reality, in my opinion, the painting needs numerous other “days” inside of it, and in particular I need to work on the colors. I may prefer to make this painting more black and white.

This second bedroom start has a bit more room in the approach to the bed, and I like that. I also like the cooler and softer colors, and I am wondering if I don’t want to make the painting a bit more blurry-eyed in general. Below this top surface are, I think, at least 6 or 7 other paintings I had started, though I am not sure I can remember what they were.

This last square painting had originally been an interior one, depicting my kitchen, at least until the washing machine/sidewalk scene outside my front door distracted me so much to the point that I needed to grab the closest, least precious, most suitably sized surface available. Hence, no more kitchen painting. The photo below shows the first half hour of frenzied changes, and it has been an absolute joy to be outdoors painting again. I do this a lot, painting over older paintings, and not because I am convinced that the new painting will be better, but because the new motif interests me more. Painting is a passionate enterprise, involving impulsive actions which can ultimately lead to a failure. But you must take a breath and jump all the same.

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  1. August 29, 2011

    Rebecca! Congratulations on all your recent activities!
    Moving to Naples, getting married, and futher studies in art, Wow, you are blessed!

    These paintings are a joy to see! Your work has a heart that beats with all that is good.

    Thank you for posting. All the best to you!

    • Rebecca Harp #
      August 29, 2011

      Hi William, Thanks for all the congratulations! It has actually been a kinda tough year with some tough things happening, but the upcoming changes will be good for the soul I think! I just went over and took a look again at your blog, and I LOVE that Pillsbury memory painting! I tried to leave a comment there, but for some reason Blogger got annoying. I noticed how your painting was at night, and it made me think of a couple of memory paintings I have tried to do as well, which were also night paintings. I suppose memories and night dreaming are deeply connected in ways we cannot fathom – if they end up on a canvas, it is always a feat I think. That fiery pink and the handling of the paint are captivating and suggestive. Thanks as always for popping by – always a pleasure.

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