Passions of an Odd Chick

Monday, May 21, 2012

Abel's Goats No. 1    acrylic on canvas

My last post sounded really brave, huh? Well, I was trying to work up the courage to drag out a 30x30 canvas that's been hibernating in my hall closet for months. The above painting is probably my most ambitious work to date. I took the reference photo and worked without a coach and fought the voice that said, "you don't know what the hell you're doing" with "I will work on it until I get what I want".  At some point the first voice grew fainter and the strong voice won out.
I've done goats before. But I'm liking the improvement I see after looking over past work.

It's so important for me to see progress and I know there must be someone starting out there, a person that is new on this journey that thinks their practice is getting them no where. That's the reason I share and the reason I take courage from you too as I watch the brave steps my blog friends make every day.

Wish me luck. It's time for Roswell's Juried Art Show and "Abel's Goats" will be my entry. I still have some work to do on it (looking at it posted I can already see some things I can tweek) and would appreciate any suggestions to improve it to make it my best work ever.


ooglebloops said...

Love your goats!!! Enjoy seeing your journal pages also!!

Jennifer Richardson said...

I ADORE this painting!!!
oh you did hit it out of the park
with theses little guys
....what a beauty!
love your other goats too.
you're doing some leaping
and flying
with your painting, friend.
so glad you shared:)

Bren said...

This is wonderful and best of luck with the Roswell Juried Art Show, proud of your brave steps.

Anetka said...

I love strong colours in your paintings!! Beautiful piece for the Art Show. Good Luck Peggy:)

Gloria said...

I like your painting. Great goats. Nice going. Happy PPF!

Steve Emery said...

I love this - particularly that you took on such a large canvas, compared to your usual size. There is a funny way goats have of looking and standing that isn't like any other creature - like they're joking, or about to laugh at us, or about to suddenly start dancing around... I think you captured that here. Part of it is in their faces, part of it in their stance - you got some of both going on. I also like the way you handled the vegetation behind/below them - the textures work for me. And I love the blue behind/above them - it makes them pop, and you know how I like to use strong blues in some of my paintings, too.

I tried to think of something to make it better, but I can't see anything. I hope this does well in the juried show.