Thursday, December 31, 2009

"On the Vine" redux

Connie Kleinjans still lifesOn the Vine, 6x8", oil on canvas board

Gotta get one more in before the month and year change. :)

This is another redone painting. At the bottom of this post you can see it as it originally looked when I posted it in May of 2008. It was fine. But there was nothing that really grabbed me about it. So I redid it. First, it looked like this:

Connie Kleinjans still lifesBut it didn't seem right. It was too swirly, because of the shape of the tomatoes. Now, in my color experiments, I seem to keep the original color of the objects in the well-lit portions, and add the creative colors in the shadows. And that seemed a bit bogus, so this one sat on my shelf. Then, a few days ago at the grocery store, I saw another set of yellow tomatoes on the vine. I bought them and used them as a basis to clean this one up. I'm now happier with it. Interestingly, I kind of like the shadows on the table top. I enjoy the effect of cutting in, and I did that with successively lighter colored paint. If I vary the paint color in any area rather than keeping it smooth and matte, it makes it look richer.

FYI, here's the original painting:

Connie Kleinjans still lifesI'm working on doing a 6x6 a day for five days. I'd love to be able to do the daily thing, but it seems like I can't. But five days seems doable. They'll be appearing in the next week or so.


  1. It's a good learning experiene to go back and work on of fix a painting one is not satisfied with. I usually end up messing it up and discarding it. I like your new version. It has a lot of interest. Happy painting in 2010. That daily thing can become quite daunting.

  2. Wow, these are really great!
    I love the texture and the "feel" of the painting. It's as if I an sense the texture of the painting just by looking at it.

  3. In my opinion, of course, from someone who is fond of paintings, you were going for good way but I thing it´s better using big brushstrokes than small ones. In any case your abstract paintings are very good. If you like colorist paiters you should watch my compatriot Manel Anoro in the web. Sorry for my English.

  4. Hi Connie! So nice to have met you in blogland too! Thanks for stopping by, now I know of your blog too! Your work is gorgeous! Love the idea of reworking items ...I think you have inspired me further with that idea with this painting of yours!