Wednesday, May 02, 2007

New Painting!

Red Bartlett Pear, 2007, oil on panel, 8 x 6 inches
It has taken me a month and a half to finish a painting. There have been many distractions along the way and a lot of questioning and doubts about my work as well; these factors have been the biggest reasons for my absence from the studio. But today I promised myself that all that will change and that I needed to get myself working steady again. Putting this idea to practice allowed me to focus enough to finish this painting. I had planned on this painting to have a certain color arrangement but one can never stick to the plan when it comes to painting, one needs to go with the flow and allow the painting to develop on its own. That's what happened here. Intended to have a dark blue green background the painting soon started to lean to a more neutral background. What I like the most about this color scheme is that the background has a very subtle green tint, a good complement to the red pear. I'm much happier with this since with the original background the combinations would have looked too obvious. Now that this is done I can move on to the next one with more energy to produce more work.

11 comments:

Susan Borgas said...

Luis this painting is well worth the wait by gosh I would love to be able to watch you step by step when painting, as I know I would learn a heck of a lot.

arianna said...

Luis, that painting is gorgeous.

It makes me crave a pear! :)

xo

Luis Colan said...

Hi Susan, thank you. I'm not sure if I have anything to teach since I feel there's a lot I need to learn as well. I just paint!

Hi Ari, thanks for stopping by. Can't wait 'till you top by around these parts later in the month. Take care sweets.

Luis

m collier said...

Wonderful -- dreamy feel --

Luis Colan said...

Thank you M, I always try to make my paintings atmospheric...I can't seem to get away from it.

R. Chunn said...

Nice one, Luis. I like how the pear is defying gravity.

e.tammy said...

Just found your blog! Love it. Do you ever draw at Spring Studio? I used to be a regular there and thought it was just great--not so much for the instruction, but for the people and vibe.

Luis Colan said...

Hi Chunn! Thanks for stopping by. I've noticed that I'm interested in objects defying gravity, like Onion on Bowl or Tomato on Green Dish. I like the implied lines and angles they bring into the compositions. I'm glad you like this pear's angle.

Hi Tammy, it's always good to hear from new visitors, very exciting for me! I do know about Spring Street Studio, passed by it numerous times but I've never given myself the chance to go draw. I think I might try it out this Spring at Spring! Ha! I think I just revealed how much of a dork I am! Anyway, I'm hoping to attend sometime soon. Right now I'm at the Art Student's League and I like it there. But I'll definitely check it out! Thanks for stopping by.

Robert said...

This painting is gorgeous, one can almost smell the pear. Love the subtle lighting. Very nice work, as usual!

Best, Robert

hfm said...

It's gorgeous, so real...

Ester said...

wow! This is such an amazing, beautiful painting! I LOVE how soft and touchable this feels to me. The background contrasting color is also my favorite part about it. The shadow around the edges of the green is so beautiful, like a vignette almost.

love your blog - so much beautiful work here :)