"The true painter strives to paint what can only be seen through his world." ~André Malraux

After a year of intermittant "painter's block"  I am working again in my studio, and feeling in a tentative positive state. Painting is a solitary activity, and as artists, we are often working in a vacuum. Unless we have a show hanging, reaction to the work is minimal. With several pieces underway, I decided that perhaps if I write about what I am doing or am attempting to do, it might act somewhat as a muse for me as well as give me some feedback on the work I am creating -- hence the establishment of this blog. 

As for the blog title, traditional, representational painting is a language for expressing what’s visible. But I feel my work is the most successful, and most interesting, when focused on things not entirely visible. I paint what I see but also what I sense and feel by utilizing my interior and unseen world --- in other words, the invisible world. Plein air work or  studio work from photographs are only touchstones or landmarks which guide me to other inner spaces. By so doing, I find that I am pushing the boundaries between representational and abstract work.

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Jan 28, 2011

Early Snow Reworked

Early Snow  oil on canvas 24 x 20
Today in the studio I finalized the Cranberry Bog painting (see previous post) by glazing over the too-pink cranberries with more of a wine color, and reworking the water over and over (lots of scraping!) to more of an autumnal greeny-grey color instead of that too-bright blue. I also and reworked an old painting from a few years back, after taking it to the critique for problem paintings a few weeks ago. I have removed some unnecessary buildings and added some more suggestions of golden grasses and bushes in their place and some quick snow highlights which loosened it up more to match the background. Title of the 24 x 20 canvas is Early Snow. I am taking it,  four or five other winter-themed paintings over to the Long River Studios Gallery today,  
http://www.longriverstudios.net/deborah_reese.html and retrieving the summer ones they have.

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