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.



6 comments:

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:)
-Jennifer

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.