Friday, February 5, 2010

Seeing Red (redux)

oil on gessoed paper
11" x 15"


Some of you may recognize this young woman from an earlier post from April. I resurrected her this past weekend to get my painting muscles going again. My friend Barbara graciously traded homes with me for a few days...a gift beyond measure as her beautiful home came equipped with a working studio and a gorgeous view of fields and mountains. My home came with Mom, a cat and two active dogs to care for. I spent a weekend painting hats of various shapes and color--black porkpie, blue knit, bright green with orange flower (I'm not kidding). Then I'd wipe it all out. I finally changed the background and her clothing, and returned to this odd headgear that's not too far from April's version. She's almost done. Thanks to Barbara for the much-needed respite, and to friends Pam and Mark for their hospitality on Sunday. Much appreciated!

54 comments:

Carolina said...

Hi Liz!
I do remember this painting, congrats on (almost) finishing it :) Whatever it needs, seems to be really little ... You did a gorgeous work on it...
The home trading sounds like a great holiday to me... Thanks God for friends!
Best regards,
Carolina

Edward Burton said...

I'm glad that you were able to get a well deserved break and at such a beautiful location. This is a very fun piece, Liz - I love it.

Sheila said...

What a wonderful friend and a reflection of a great and trusted friend you must be to her! I love Red Hat last year and I love it now. Liz is getting her "groove back"!

Paintings by Irit Bourla said...

So happy for you. How nice to have few days off and a good friend. You deserve it Liz.
And what a nice piece or I am sold because I love red???
Just beautiful no excuses .

Carol Horzempa said...

Liz, I remember the portrait...loved it than and love it now. It is just beautiful!

What a wonderful friend you have and a well deserved break to paint in what sounds like an awesome studio!

Cathyann said...

I remember Yoda!LOL... No really...
this is fabulous...really is
and more so that you got out and had some quiet time alone...You deserve great friends like that... and bless them for doing that for you.

I am happy that you are exercising the painting muscles.... hope you get to do more, Liz..stay dry and don't shovel!!!
xo Cathyann

Linda said...

Because I am new to this blogging thing, I just found your blog. I looked at your April posting for the beginning of this portrait and soooo funny! I love this portrait and the story behind it. I can tell I am going to enjoy your blog!

Barb Hillier said...

Hi Liz, This is so beautiful and what a lovely composition with the hat you chose. My eye keeps traveling from those intriguing eyes of hers to the poms hanging from each side of her hat. Very soft with a lot of mystery!

Caio Fernandes said...

i can 't believe what i just saw here !!!
this is so exiting , authentic and well done !
ahhhh Liz , this is a real gift to my eyes .
i loved this . and it is so "timeless " cound be a portrait of 4 centures ago , the present or future .
so much personality !!
hahahah!
enough with adjectives !!!

love .
CAIO .

Dana Cooper said...

How wonderful that you have a fun so will to give you the break that you must so deserve. You made me laugh with your post about what she got at your house.
Great painting Liz, you have a gift for portraiture!

Manon Doyle said...

I saw this painting on FB and thought I'd pop by your blog to take another look! Just stunning!
I'm so glad that you got a break!! Your friend is terrific!!

Angela Elledge said...

Yeah, Lz is back painting and posting; thank goodness for great friends!

I'm with Barb, among lots of other things, I have enjoyed going back and forth from the pom poms, little tufts of hair on each side of the hat and her far away gaze. Just beautiful!!

Michelle said...

So nice to see you revisit this painting! I love the energy it has.

And, how wonderful to have such great friends to give you a respite to paint!

-Don said...

Liz, My eyes keep going back to her melancholy eyes trying to figure out what it would take to cheer her up. It's like no matter what is going on around her, or happening to her, she just can't get outside of her own thoughts. I find this hauntingly beautiful and sad at the same time. Nice job. -Don

Lokelani Forrest said...

Isn't it wonderful to have such great friends? Will have to go back to April and check out the beginnings of this piece...love it as is though. I love the use of red.

FCP said...

This is just stunning, Liz. I think red is a tough color to get "right" but you make it look so easy. and what a lovely gift of time and renewal--you certainly deserve that and more! thanks for sharing your lovely work. Blessings and light!

Ann Rogers said...

Liz, What a joy to see a new post from you, and I also see that your return to the easel brings all of your God given talent with you. This portrait is lovely! I don't even know Barbara, but I love her for this beautiful gift she has given you! What a well deserved break.

Cindi said...

so happy to see you painting... what a super friend to let you get away, recharge and enjoy!!think of you often, sending strenght, patience and hugs..

Susan Carlin said...

Wonderful, Liz! The painting is charming and I hope you can arrange for more time to paint in the days ahead.

Joan Sicignano Artist said...

It's brilliant Liz. I am so happy you have a circle of friends to help with your painting getaway. It's a much deserved retreat for you.

Art with Liz said...

What great friends to give you a break to paint! This is great and I hope you get many more breaks to pick up your paintbrush!

rahina q.h. said...

good to see you are back in the paint Liz, this is looking wonderful already! and good to know you are letting others look after you for a change. best wishes, r.

Pam Holnback said...

Great piece. Enjoy your getaway. hope you can have another soon.

Joanne said...

Hi Liz! I am so very happy for you that friends gave you an opportunity to rest and do what brings you joy. Fortunately for us, your painting also brings joy into our lives. You have an amazing talent. I love how you are able to create so many variances of this vibrant red throughout the painting. Beautiful indeed!

Celeste Bergin said...

I love this painting. It is "edgy" but it feels very traditional too! Such an interesting juxtaposition

sam said...

Great idea trading homes Liz! And yes I remember this piece too, I think the yellow and red go together superbly)

maria kovalenko leysens said...

Lovely painting, and yes the eyes say so much...

Karine said...

I am so glad you got a weekend to paint and re-vamp! This is just an amazing portrait. You are light years ahead of me in portrait painting.

Nancy Medina said...

Really nice work Liz - lovely color and perfect in every way! I'm glad you got some time to yourself to paint - what a great friend you have. : )

Sandra Galda said...

beautiful!

jyothisethu said...

all your works are fantastic....

adebanji said...

Just seen this, it's emotionally fantastic!

Barbara M. said...

Hi Liz,

I love what you did with the sleepy model. What an imagination. I also loved reading about the struggle. Isn't it a miracle when one of those non-starters turns into the painting you hoped it could be. By the way I think it's been a great portrait all the way along.

Take care,

Barbara

Tracey Clarke said...

Fantastic.....great to see you painting, my friend. I love the palette.

Ellen Byrne said...

GORGEOUS work!

Karen Bruson said...

Wow, this is very cool. Love the red and yellow together...very strong.

Gary Keimig said...

glad to see you back with a brush and paint in tow. Hurrah for your friends providing R & R. You certainly have not lost your touch. great painting.

Dean H. said...

What a wonderful welcome back to painting, Liz!! This portrait is a winner. Love to contemplate those eyes...

Trish Siegel said...

This is gorgeous! I have just bestowed upon you the Sunshine Award for creativity and positivity in blogging! Check out my blog if you would like to accept your award.

Arti said...

I am late here, Liz.Hope you enjoyed your break thoroughly..the painting looks fabulous to me.Cheers.

Candy said...

Oh, Liz! I checked out the April post and had such a laugh over your Ed Norton comment. This is perfect. The hat is just right. I'm so glad you kept going until you got it!

I'm happy that you have such good friends that could give you a painting holiday!

Marilyn M. King said...

I was excited to see more of your excellent work! Those painting muscles are still in good shape - love this painting!

Rosemary said...

So glad you had a little "painting holiday" - God bless Barbara! Your magic touch is right there just waiting for you to pick up the brush! This is lovely and fun - the eyes are captivating. So great seeing a post from you again!

L.Holm said...

Thank you so much, everyone, for all of your kind comments!

Mitzi Easley said...

Liz - your work and your work with the Flying Moleskins... both inspired! These are the things that truly make my days. So, I’m giving you the Sunshine Award for creativity and positivity in blogging! Check out my blog if you would like to accept your award. And many thanks for sharing! M

Dean Grey said...

Liz!

Good for you for resurrecting an old painting!

I like the changes, or rather, additions you've made!

-Dean

Riad said...

Liz, I love this portrait it is excellent in value and colors.

Diane Hoeptner (hep-ner) said...

The little droopy things on the hat crack me up! ...and the red and yellow provide a powerful impact. Nice job, glad you caught a peaceful break.

Jim Moffitt said...

Wonderful! I love the colors, and those far away eyes. Wow! Thank You.

Kelley Sanford said...

wonderful piece.

Jala Pfaff said...

Glad you got a break.
This is awesome, and I certainly do remember her from your previous post! That hat is hysterical, I love it in the portrait.

Linny D. Vine said...

Excellento!

Eterne said...

Beautiful.

L.Holm said...

Thank you everyone. I appreciate your comments so much!