Tuesday, May 20, 2014

About a painting

"Prayed for" oil and charcoal on linen by Kerry Steele
Sometimes I like to "cleanse my palette"  (pun intended) with a figural painting. Last week I did just that and my results or rather the response was surprising to me.
I looked for photos with an interesting pose to sketch  and then paint as I reimagined it and came across this...

I only wanted the figure and pose for this as opposed to painting the same thing as in the photo.
My surprise was the number of people on my personal Facebook page and my art Facebook page that liked and commented on the painting. It was far more than usual and I can't help but wonder what aspect of the painting so moved people to tell me how much they liked it.
I will continue with these figural pieces but abstracts will continue to be my main focus. Which do you prefer?

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julielorusso@gmail.com said...

as i attempted to say on instagram -- I love your figural paintings the most!

Kristen @ Pursuing Vintage said...

I like this particular figural work I think because it is SO feminine. It reminds me of a ballerina. I also love the colors on the linen.
For my own decor, I prefer your abstracts. But all of your work is beautiful! #kerrysteelefanclubmember!

Bethany [at] Powell Brower Home said...

kerry - this is GORG. i just love this

Karena Albert said...

Kerry I am moved by the pose and ethereal feeling of the painting. The yellow dress and its lines are wonderful!

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Nancy said...

absolutely lovely. if we had a girl it would be in her room :)

Vel Criste said...

I saw this on IG and absolutely fell in love Kerry - love the lines and how you did her skirt - perfect figural abstract art in my books!

Kim said...

I love your abstracts too … but your figurals have so much emotion Kerry. I can feel this woman's spirit! even on - line which says a lot!!