March 28, 2011

Self portrait "Meditation"

Two short sessions on a self portrait I started painting last friday :

40 x 50 cm Oil on canvas
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Paintings by Peter Hobden

March 23, 2011

My painting today

Another session on my Provencal copse with a couple of details. Mostly worked on the trees which need a little more work especially trunks and branches need to be more graceful.

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Paintings by Peter Hobden

March 22, 2011

Painting over an old acrylic base

Oils are luscious with higher pigment load... plus the experience gained since then...
50 x 40 cm
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Paintings by Peter Hobden

March 11, 2011

Trust the process - dusk painting

The painting is beginning to get somewhere. I am lingering on building up the colors little by little. Building up the light and building up the dark. I want it to to be a subdued explosion of color.
Not quite yet at that point but... trust the process.

80 x 60 cm
oil on canvas
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a detail
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Paintings by Peter Hobden

March 7, 2011

Painting myself into a corner

I have been painting myself into a corner, so to speak, with my "Tourist Posing" painting. My tension has been building over a few days. I have been feeling frustrated and confined by the subject.

I needed to to take some action to ease the stress.

Having recently sold a painting, that was missed by the household, an evening view out our back window -  "Mermillod Sunset", I thought I might  paint a similar painting.

So I jumbed on the idea and what a relief it is. It feels fine, I feel connected to the painting, and my stress has magically eased.

No doubt, the discipline of painting out of my comfort zone will be a plus somewhere down the road, but creating should also sometimes be jubilation, don't you think?

This time the canvas is larger than "Mermillod Sunset" , 80 x 60 cm, and if all goes well it will be hung possibly in our bedroom facing the bed.

This is the first time I start a painting with the intention of keeping it.

Here is the result so far after one session.

Mermillod Evening
oil on canvas 80 x 60 cm
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acrylic under-painting
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Paintings by Peter Hobden