Saturday, May 24, 2008

Captured

I have fought and fought with this painting and it still defies me. It is based on a photo of my mom and her sister and their husbands. I liked the idea that you weren't sure who was captured, the men or the women. Acquiring a husband was considered such a prize then. But their faces looked as if they couldn't decide to be proud or worried about their futures. I think they were really just squinting from the sun.

I also learned it's not a good idea to quit a painting because you lose the passion to finish and you sort of lose what it was that fired you up in the first place. However, I am finding that letting a painting "rest" for a while and then coming back to it, sometimes teaches you to find your mistakes. At least I'm painting even if they aren't turning out.

3 comments:

FCP said...

Way cool. It has the look and feel of that whole era.
Well done,
faye

Terry Rafferty said...

I love this one Paula, and the deer in Trying to Paint totally do it for me! I don't know what you feel isn't working for you - these paintings are so different from each other but both capture a moment very expressively. Keep going!

Paula Cravens said...

For Faye and Terry, Thanks for your support. I truly want to burn everything and then I get Kind words from you. It means more than you know.