Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Lunch Counter

                                      30x24 oil on canvas
This was a fun one to paint. I tried to concentrate on the abstract shapes, trusting that the total effect would look convincing. So often I think I'm abstracting, only to end up with more realism than I wanted.
This is the first year we will be spending Christmas here in Arizona, away from family. We do have plans with extended family here though- some of my husband's cousins. After Christmas we will have house guests for much of the time until we leave in mid January. I have been spending time at the fabulous clay studio here rather than painting, as anything I make there will need time to dry and then to fire and glaze and fire again. Painting may have to wait until I return to my studio in Seattle.

11 comments:

  1. I would love to see this painting in person! The vivid colors and shapes really pull me in.

    Have a wonderful Christmas!

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  2. Une très jolies composition. Un choix très judicieux de couleurs... qui en fait une belle harmonie.
    Je vous souhaite de joyeuses fêtes avec de gros bisous.

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  3. Nice work Layne. It looks dynamic, and has a great push pull between the abstract and realism. It looks alive!

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  4. Wonderful color palette. Happy New Year, Layne.

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  5. Love the way the abstract shapes lead my eye. Great color and just a fun one to enjoy.

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  6. This one looks like fun. Nice and big, too.

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  7. This is gorgeous and eye-catching!

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  8. Wonderful composition! The great color combo really makes the shapes show up.

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  9. Wonderful arrangement of light moving from left to right and I love the palette.

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  10. I am not even going to read the comments lest I be usurped when I say...Hello Paul Gauguin ;)
    GREAT PAINTING.

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    1. Interesting you should cite Gauguin; I just saw his paintings at the Seattle Art Museum on Tuesday. He was not a conscious inspiration for this painting, but I admire his color and sense of place. I aspire to a lighter and more colorful palette in the future and you can be sure I will look to him for guidance!

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