Friday, March 29, 2013

A new painting & 100 for me

"Pansy redux" 16 x 20 oil on canvas by Kerry Steele

I felt like a little kid painting playing in the mud with this painting. I greatly thinned oils and watched them drip and combine with a satisfaction in the randomness. I intended a slightly different painting but after the second drip bled into another color I knew that I was painting pansies which, as luck would have it, are seasonally apropos.

A few feet away from my easel hangs my grandmother's painting with pansies and it is my favorite painting by her.

I noticed a few similarities.

The compositions both have a bottom left to top right diagonal flow. The color palette is very similar although mine lacks the pale beige.
Obviously, her painting is an impressionistic still life and mine is abstract. Also, I opted for a figure ground or and object on top of a background and my grandmother painted a continuous edge-to-edge picture.
I loved this little surprising similarity that was totally unintentional.

On another note: Earlier this week I exceeded 100 "likes" on my Facebook art page and simultaneously sold my 100th painting! Interesting coincidence.

If anyone is wondering why some of these paintings that I show here are not on Etsy it is because most of them lately have been oils and the oils take a week to a month to fully dry. Several are on Saatchi online also.

Spring break starts now!
Happy weekend.


Julia | Pawleys Island Posh said...

Congrats on your painting sales! You rock! And I love the spring flowers, my sorority flower is pansy :)

Linda {Calling it Home} said...

I really see a resemblance between your eye and your grandmother's. Congratulations on your 100 & 100!

Patty Day @Pattys Epiphanies said...

Oh Congratulations. Both accomplishments are outstanding!
I love the Pansy piece, it's so pretty and the "story" connection to your Grandmother gives it so much meaningful Love it!!!

The Pink Pagoda said...

I'm crazy about your new painting!! I love the drip effect! Will you be doing more? Congrats on your FB and sales -- I'll get to say I knew you when....

Kim@Chattafabulous said...

So that's where the talent comes from! Love both pansy paintings and the drip effect gives yours a little edge! Happy 100!!!

Loi Thai, Tone on Tone said...

Happy 100th!!!! Congratulations on both :) I think you should keep this painting, and hang it with the one from your grandmother.

Vel Criste said...

A lot of 100's to celebrate Kerry! Congratulations! I love this painting! Now I know where your artistic genes come from!

BTW, I posted already about my FAVE Bloggers' bedside table series! Thank you so much for the support and for participating in my humble project!

Windlost said...

Love the pansy painting and glad your sales are strong!! Your work is lovely!

xo Terri

PURA VIDA said...

such happy colors and subjects!

StagerLinda said...

Love this link to your Grandmother's work. Happy 100 & 100! Congrats.

Julie Taylor and Danni Greenwalt said... I know your creativity runs in the family....There both beautiful! Congrats on selling so many!