Saturday, May 24, 2008


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.


FCP said...

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

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.