Friday, July 1, 2011

Taking Liberties

Pause  watercolors 12x9"

Taking liberties with color  and composition is what I aimed for in this painting.  I had taken a photograph many years ago at Colonial Williamsburg of a costumed interpreter taking a break. As soon as I asked permission to take her photograph, she straightened up and posed in a stiff stance.

This past week I played around. I changed and simplified the background colors. I managed to give her  back the look I had wanted to capture on that particular day. I observed a few ladies carrying babies on their hips and chatting - that helped me to paint  her this way. I was pleased to be able to make the changes and complete the painting.  When I straddle between realistic and conjured depictions, I feel a different sense of accomplishment  as I finish the painting.  

10 comments:

Katherine Thomas said...

Meera, this is wonderful! I like that you are reaching beyond what's photo-real, and conveying a special feeling with your paintings, that no photograph could ever convey! The colors and the way you posed the woman against the background are beautiful!

meera said...

Thank you Katherine! I am always playing around with the compositions and simplifying elements in photographs or in what I see as I sketch and paint -never strictly adhering to photorealism. But this time I changed the look of the scene quite a bit :) I am happy you liked it.

Crystal Cook said...

It's fabulous meera! I think you've done a wonderful job capturing the scene. And she does look like she's carrying a baby on her hip!

meera said...

Thanks Crystal! This was a fun piece to change and paint this way :)

padmaja said...

Meera, thanks for your wishes!

Yes , when you try to go beyond reality and what a photo reference can offer, attaching your own perception and thoughts to arrive at a result that a camera can not offer, it feels really great,, a lovely composition, dealt with a style!

Sanctified Spaces said...

What a great skill...to observe and replicate the same in canvas..it is a gift indeed.

meera said...

Padmaja, Thanks! Trusting my senses as I sketch and paint is a slow process!

meera said...

@Sanctified Spaces, Shalini, Thank you! All this gives me further impetus to carry and use my sketch book all the time :)

Sadami said...

Hi, Meera,
Very lovely work, especially, colours are so eye pleasant. Composition is very interesting. Keep up!
Cheers, Sadami

meera said...

Thank you Sadami, that means a lot to me.

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