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Just because …

… I told myself I’d post every piece of artwork that was good enough to finish. Even if it wasn’t all that good. This one’s “Palouse 2,” in acrylic, on 9×12″ canvasboard.


  1. StevefromMA
    StevefromMA April 5, 2017 5:33 pm

    Some interesting colors.

  2. Kathy Coon
    Kathy Coon April 5, 2017 6:04 pm

    Just drove over the Palouse today. That’s what it looks like. I love your clouds!

  3. Claire
    Claire April 5, 2017 6:07 pm

    “Some interesting colors.”

    Ha! Nice way of politely saying the picture actually sucks!

    But Kathy Coon is right; the Palouse does look like that. Only sometimes even more colorful.

  4. StevefromMA
    StevefromMA April 5, 2017 6:44 pm

    Jeez, after I posted, I realized it sounded like that…

    I asked an adult friend of mine what her son’s new girlfriend was like…I expected cute, smart, perky…she thought a minute and said..”tall.” Eek.

    Keep in mind, I only now know what the Palouse is, barely.

  5. Claire
    Claire April 5, 2017 8:02 pm

    LOL! “Tall.” Yeah, that’s a good one.

    And for art, there’s always the old fallback: “It makes its own quiet statement.”

    Anyhow, I’m not worried about being criticized. I don’t put my artwork up to be praised. I put it up to get used to showing my imperfections to the world (and somehow managing to live through the experience). I’ve always had the idea that my work had to be wonderful before I could let anybody see it, but that’s a dumb idea. I’m getting over it by immersion. 🙂

  6. StevefromMA
    StevefromMA April 5, 2017 9:11 pm

    Being a critic is a lot easier than being an artist. 😊

  7. Pat
    Pat April 5, 2017 9:32 pm

    I love the shadows — that’s what the Palouse looks like when clouds roll over it. The original looks like a painting rather than a photo.

  8. MamaLiberty
    MamaLiberty April 6, 2017 6:46 am

    I like your picture better than the original at the link. Of course, I don’t know art from cornflakes, but I know what pleases my eye. And “art” is exactly what the eye beholds, whatever it is to anyone else.

    Probably, the most important communication is interior to the artist, and shared with others as a side effect.

    But I’m no artist, so what do I know? 🙂

  9. MJR
    MJR April 6, 2017 9:30 am

    One of the nice things about your art is how you are able to transfer a simple feeling of warmth and contentment onto canvas for others to enjoy. What you think of as being mediocre is miles ahead of anything I could do in this medium. Claire with regard to your skills I have found there are three kinds of people out there. There are those who work with their hands (like me) and they are laborers. Then there are those who work with their hands and brain, these people are craftsmen. Finally there are the people like you who work with their hands, their brain and their hearts. These people are artists.

  10. R. Wurdack
    R. Wurdack April 6, 2017 12:08 pm

    Needs some crop circles….

  11. trying2b-amused
    trying2b-amused April 6, 2017 12:18 pm

    >. . . semi-successful experiment . . .
    Half successful. Crop out the bottom portion, just enough to exclude all of the dark brown hill, and look at it again. And acrylic strikes me as being a less than optimal media for something like this. Maybe oil pastel? Or – if this is even feasible, I don’t know – block in the main color areas with solid color acrylic, then do shading with oil pastel on top of that.

    P.S. After I wrote the above, I went back and looked at Palouse 1, and saw that’s basically what you did there. I think it works better.

  12. SKSK
    SKSK April 6, 2017 2:24 pm

    I’m liking what I see. I could get lost in the color play. What fun!

  13. Claire
    Claire April 6, 2017 3:12 pm

    “Half successful. Crop out the bottom portion, just enough to exclude all of the dark brown hill, and look at it again.”

    Excellent discernment, trying2b. I confess I tried cropping that picture about 20 different ways before just going with it as is. You’re right that the big dark band is the problem. OTOH, cropping it out entirely leaves the remaining image more pleasant — but boring. The dark band is needed; it’s just not done well. You spotted the source of the problem.

  14. Claire
    Claire April 6, 2017 4:18 pm

    SKSK — Thank you! The shifting colors are my favorite part, also.

    R. Wurdack — Crop circles! Now why didn’t I think of that? Oh well, maybe next time.

    ML — 🙂 I really liked the original photo — though it has clearly been computer manipulated to the max. Reality never looked like that!

    MJR — You are last but certainly not least. THAT comment leaves me speechless.

  15. Shel
    Shel April 7, 2017 9:38 am

    MJR: I can’t believe you don’t work with your head, considering all the insightful links you come up with – not the least of which was the video that led me to Glubb’s essay “The Fate of Empires…” which thoroughly disabused me of any thought that virtually all current trends could be anything else than classic symptoms of end stage disease of a civilization.

    Nothing that follows is intended subjectively to be a criticism. Trying2b’s comments make me think that the following isn’t totally off the wall. I agree that the dark area is the part of the picture that isn’t as good as the rest. It looks a little large, and the uniform curvature of its crest is at odds with the other crests, which contain essentially straight lines. There also seems to be more darkness in the lower right of the picture. Since Western writing is read left to right, a viewer’s eyes tend to follow that pattern, which in this picture seems to lead one to darkness below. None of these concerns seem to apply to the photograph.

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