It was not a happy day for me and my paintbrush.   


We’ve all had days like this, haven’t we?    

This started out as a negative painting of circles and turned into a positive painting with negatively painted areas, and ultimately into a negative painting in the sense that it put me into a negative mood.   

I attempted to cure this by going outside and sketching trees and flowers, but since I did those in graphite, I didn’t post them here because they don’t show up very well.   And they weren’t any better than this!     So, I hope you enjoy this weird circle thing.   Maybe it’ll look good as part of a quilt one day.   

Happy Sunday!    I hope you all get time to create today.    The weather was in the low 80s here today, and gorgeous.   Let’s hope for more of the same tomorrow.   

58 thoughts on “Oval-itis

  1. Oh Laura! I am actually very “drawn” (LOL!) to this! (I just realized that was a little funny) The colors are beautiful and the shapes lovely – looks like a couple eggs over easy and I love the one square – almost like it is making a statement. Not sure why you don’t like this as it is a fave of mine. Really! I think maybe because it didn’t turn out how you originally envisioned. Look at it with fresh eyes this morning – with no expectations – and I think you will find it LOVEly! 🙂

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    1. Thanks, Jodi. I don’t understand why everything I dislike most seems to be others’ favorite. Those flowers I did that turned out awful for the most part is now the most “like”d post here, next to the About page. Makes no sense to me lol. And what I think is my best work so far, the portraits – well, there’s only one portrait in the top ten. I guess that’s why they say art is all about the viewer. And proves we’re all artists, whether we think we are, or not! PS: I added the square because I wanted to be in the painting. I’m usually the one that’s unlike the rest lol.

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    2. PS I didn’t see eggs until you and Cynthia mentioned them. Maybe you really should draw/paint food!! There’s this whole group of people drawing their breakfast every morning because they say they have no time to draw, otherwise. (Check out Danny Gregory’s books if you’re interested.) I see the eggs now, but you might have something with this food thing lol. PS to the PS: I still don’t see the peace in the collage Jo did a couple days ago and would love it if you’d ‘splain, lol.

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      1. I just wrote a long reply to this and lost it – UGH! Did it come through for you? A weird thing happens in our house …. when someone uses the microwave, I temporarily loose internet connection and have to reconnect. My son was just heating something up. Weird – eh?

        Now do I have to retype all of that insightful stuff I just wrote???!!!!!!! 😦

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          1. Dang! Isn’t that weird? So what I tried to say about Three Hundred Two on Jo’s site, was that I didn’t really see knives until you mentioned. When I initially looked at it, they looked like flying seagulls to me. I do see knives now that you say that, and it is so interesting how subjective art is that I see that now that you say it, but didn’t before. The peace I felt was that my focus was on the Momma’s hand reaching for the baby, and in essence “saving” the child from all odds and the joy and peace in the child’s face. The bones and skeleton were what were being overcome I guess is what I saw…. if that makes sense? The interesting thing that Jo’s art has taught me (or should I say Jo has taught me) is that whatever we see and feel is RIGHT. I used to try to figure out what JO was feeling or saying. I said this all much more eloquently the first time – LOL! (Probably not) But I do have to say that by getting to now Jo’s work (and YOURS), I am learning the freedom and expression of art, and I love that!

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            1. Wow, I’m so glad you explained your perspective on that piece and also on art in general. I’ve learned a lot from Jo, too. And from her work, and guidance in the conversations at her place. I do understand it now from your view, and I really like it! Thanks for taking the time to re type. I hope you had fun today! Boy, some profound words from Jodi tonight. (((((Jodi))))) 😊

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  2. I like it as well. Put a mat around it and stand back. I have a piece of art work up in my bedroom that I initially didn’t like either and then I framed it and now I love looking at it every time I enter my room.

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  3. I was wondering what you didn’t like about this piece. The blooms, huh? One of my teacher’s favorite saying is, “Painting with watercolor is learning to love plan B (or C, or D . . .)” Are you liking it any better after being away from it for a bit? It’s an interesting painting with the combination of positive/negative techniques and the addition of the square.

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    1. Maybe just a small bit better now, Ruth, and it really helps to have comments like yours to point out what’s good. Yeah, it’s the huge blooms everywhere, combined with the fact it turned out nothing like what I expected. I think you’re right on with the Plan B, C, D comment.


    2. May I make a suggestion? Before you start a painting, ask yourself what you are trying to do. Get to the end and then assess how well you achieved your purpose. (Changing horses in mid-stream usually doesn’t get us where we thought we were going.)

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      1. I’m sure you’re right, Ruth, and I really appreciate your suggestion. I’ve just got through busy season at work, and I do art to relax. This one wasn’t turning out as I’d hoped, so I changed gears mid-stream, to try and salvage something from it. I hate to waste watercolor paper, even the el cheapo stuff I use, so I tried veering off course to at least have something I didn’t wanna trash. I really try not to take it seriously, but sometimes it bites me, and I do anyhow. Better luck next time, right? I hope.

        Please, always feel free to suggest; I do appreciate viewer comments, particularly from artists, like yourself.


        1. So, Laura, if you’re trying not to throw paper away, take this picture (or a different one that you don’t like) over to the sink and put it under gently running cold water. The paint should begin to wash away. You can help it along with a soft sponge and some gentle scrubbing. If you’re using a good quality paper, it should withstand this treatment. Some pigments stain the paper so you won’t get back to a bright white, but it should lighten up enough for you to “try again.”

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  4. You are awesome! Let me just repeat that! You are awesome! Yes, we all have these days. But I kind of find these circles speak out exactly what you were feeling, and that so cool!

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    1. Alisa, what a great comment, I really appreciate it! I think that’s a great way to look at this; the artwork definitely reflected my mood. So it happened exactly the way it was supposed to, I guess! You gave me a big smile today. Thank you so much for your visits and thoughts.


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