20 June 2011

Sometimes You Get a DUD




I would never normally post paintings that I consider duds or unworthy of showing, but I've done quite a few lately, and thought why not? In thinking about it, it might be fun to show a few dead end paintings. It's all part of the process..




Along the Acqueduct, Palmiro Togliatti

24x30cm
Oil on Panel
© Kelly Medford, 2011

One of the things about painting on site is that sometimes I just don't capture the scene. This happens for lots of reasons, but usually because I didn't block in the composition right and it's a failure and/or the light is just moving too fast and it was a matter of bad timing. Sometimes people stop to chat and I lose my concentration, or even worse is after I'm halfway into a painting I realize I just can't make it work with the size panel I put up on the easel.

Whatever the case may be I produce a lot of duds. I'm not sure of the ratio between dud and successful paintings that turn out, it varies. Of course sometimes I think I've got a keeper and would have been better off left in the dud pile.



Piazza Bernini, San Saba
Oil on Panel
8x10"
© Kelly Medford, 2011


I know that a lot of painters go back and use their sketches more as refrence material for later more finished paintings. So far I haven't been able to do much of that. These are more like incomplete thoughts where I haven't fully observed a place in all of its nuances. For me, making finished paintgs or sketches on site is having a complete thought and capturing fully the place in that moment, and sometimes maybe I am unclear about the objective, so I leave these as visual "notes" that I can look back at later and decide whether or not its worth it to go back and try, try again. Really, it's all a work in progress..


6 comments:

  1. Thanks for sharing these (braveheart) as well as your comments on plein air-ing. These are not as bad as you think...but i appreciate your self-critique...

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  2. I agree with Cindy, you are a braveheart for plein air-ing and having to contend with some much in the moment! I will say, I do enjoy the "Piazza Bernini." Here's to working through your 'dud' period!

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  3. Hey ladies and thank you for your wonderful comments. I don't mean to be hard on myself, just thought sharing some paintings that I normally wouldn't would be a refreshing change.
    Plein air-ing (love that it is now a verb) is too fun and duds mean to just keep going!

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  4. I actually like these duds :D

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  5. Kelley, you are the bravest! My duds go in the garbage... I posted 2 of Suvignano near Siena, hopefully they're not duds. Keep painting.

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  6. Thanks Marcello! What's the latest on your blog?

    Tasha- thanks for saying I'm brave, sometimes it's fun to do something we wouldn't normally. I like your new landscapes! You have the whole Tuscan countryside in fron of you, I hope to see more throughout the summer.

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