Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Try And Try Again Differently

Lunch Break again mixed media by Meera Rao

This painting was the result of playing with an abandoned piece.  When I painted Lunch Break  (check out that post for variation1) about two years ago it was my second attempt.  Earlier this year I pulled out the first discarded try.  I like to have something to keep my hands and brushes busy while I am waiting for washes or paints on a piece I am working is drying.  This, I hope, keeps me from muddying the work but that does not always happen! I have been trying to remember to take photos of my playing around to see where it takes me. Below is the piece when I first abandoned it. 

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 I used a black Prismacolor pen to outline the various shapes. May be I should have stopped long before I outlined every shape!!! 

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I went on to darken some parts and then cropped the painting( - see the top most photo).  I had always underestimated what a tremendous learning experience it is to paint variations. I see now how very interesting it is to see the two paintings side by side now.  

And as this quote by Bob Brendle says so eloquently, "There can be no failure in an art experiment excepting that of vision."

18 comments:

Carol Blackburn said...

Meera, I love the way you've "fixed" it now. It's sort of like one of those images they get with an infrared camera that shows the hot and cold spots on things. You really should try this again. Seriously!

Meera Rao said...

Thank you Carol :) I like how you describe it --never thought of it that way ! yes, I hope I will use it again.

Crystal Cook said...

Carol's description of this piece is perfect Meera! The line work adds SO much to this piece. Really makes it a standout. :)

B said...

like a little puzzle :) beautiful effect meera, its great you have the will and courage to experiment

Meera Rao said...

Crystal, Thanks ! I was inspired by a post card I had from years ago. I should dig out the card and include the information as an update to the blog, no?

Meera Rao said...

Thank you B :) It is always so much easier to experiment on something that I already consider not going where I had hoped it would! At that point I have not much to loose :) and also not feel guilty about wasting good paper!

Bob and Kay's Adventures said...

I think you really added a new dimension to this painting with the additional work. Neat! K

Jane said...

Really love this repair job, very special and different.

Meera Rao said...

kay, Thank you :) It was great to see you again too !

Meera Rao said...

Thanks Jane! I was pleased too as to how it turned out.

Kathy Staicer said...

Meera, I really like this painting and you have brought it to a great conclusion. It certainly is a learning experience to paint variations of a subject. I love to paint different paintings on the same theme also.

Irina said...

I am very interested to see the progress in all the attempts. The movement of the painter's ideas.
The last one is very powerful and determined. I wonder if there are more to come?))

★MaRiBeL★ said...

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padmaja said...

Meera, what a lovely experiment you thought of! I am very pleased at this thought process you made, it needs guts to get out of our boxes and do something innovative as this one, cheers!

Meera Rao said...

¡Gracias! les deseo un maravilloso fin de semana también :)

Meera Rao said...

I hope so Irina :) Thank you for your support! I do plan to further explore these ideas! Will see where it will take me.

Meera Rao said...

Kathy, Thank you ! Always trying to find ways to paint -so that much good paper doesn't go to waste and as I said before I get bold after I have lost the first round :)

Meera Rao said...

Padmaja, that is very kind of you! I thoroughly enjoy trying out new ways hope this leads to something too :)

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