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Friday, April 04, 2008

Reckless Foolish and Frightful

"Everything is blooming most recklessly; if it were voices instead of colors, there would be an unbelievable shrieking into the heart of the night." (Rainer Maria Rilke)


You know how sometimes a drawing starts out really lovely and fresh and light. And then you add some color and it isn't quite right. So you paint on some more color and it isn't quite right still. So you add some colored pencil, and it becomes progressively dead and flat. So you just say forget it and restate your main lines with a really heavy dark pen and run off shrieking into the night. Yeah. That happens to me sometimes, too.

Thanks for all the well wishes, via comments and via private e-mail, about RuPaw the cat. The vet says he's doing better today, and that after a night of IV antibiotics and IV fluids he was eating and purring and talking and "making biscuits." She'll run more tests tomorrow and maybe my buddy will get to come home.
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6 comments:

Diahn said...

Oh, I know that process quite well - I'm pretty sure I live it most days.

This, however, is not lifeless at all - it's very spring-y and a bit optimistic! I think it's a lot more illustrative than your usual painterly work, but it is still a lovely painting. And why do your greens look so pretty, while mine languish in garish-land? I need a few pointers on greens...

Oh and your wonderful April Foolishness titles are AWESOME!

Lin said...

Oh -- I've been there, done that, keep doing that! SIGH .. but mercy, these flowers are charming and so perky!!

Teri C said...

Is there anyone who has not experienced this and then have everyone say how great it is. We all ARE too hard on ourselves.
I love it too.

janey said...

You're too hard on yourself. This one is lovely though very different from your other paintings.

Rock Kyndl said...

I like the way the flowers spread across the pages: good color, too.

Arty Velarde said...

This still looks lovely and fresh to ME! I like your other flowers too.