Hope Cunningham Fine Art

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Thursday, August 19, 2010

Come Out and Play

Come Out and Play 9"X12"  Oil Painting on Canvas Panel



















My painting buddy, Brenda Semanick, came to my studio yesterday to paint a still life with me. The early part of the day was a real comedy of errors which would gave been hilarious if I had been watching it happen to someone else. Everything I tried to do, use, or set up kept falling apart. I wanted to set this still life up on a board mounted on my tripod with a sheet of glass on the surface so we would get some nice reflections. Well, the connector came out of the board and the whole thing collapsed. Naturally, the glass broke, so no table top reflections in this still life. Once I cleared another space to set it up and decided on lighting, I proceeded to trip over the tripod supporting the light and knocked that over. Yes it broke, not just the bulb either. The entire light fixture is enjoying a new life in the dumpster. Eventually we got everything worked out and settled down to paint. So much for conducting myself as a confident and competent hostess!

14 comments:

  1. Hope, I too am a big fan of John Singer Sargent and coincidentally, I saw one of his paintings years ago in Houston, a portrait of a lady.

    Anyway, "Come out and Play" has very good color and a pleasing composition. Very well done!

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  2. Lovely work and such a full range of representational subjects. Hope you will continue to post.

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  3. oh no! lol!! sounds like this was a true trial to get to paint this set-up! It's beautiful, despite the calamitous start.

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  4. LOL, funny post. I'm a fan, Hope! This arrangement is gorgeous!

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  5. It was definitely a slapstick day in the studio! Glad you like it.

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  6. congrats! keep up the good work/this is a great presentation.
    oil painting on canvas

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  7. That's a funny story and a fabulous painting. Just goes to show you that getting back on the horse is the way to go!

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  8. I try not to give up, but sometimes I beat a thing to death. I have been working on a portrait that has been very close to wonderful several times. I keep thinking more is better, overwork it and have to start again. I put it aside for now, but will come back to it later, I'm sure!

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  9. very nice work. I like your sure strokes...

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  10. I am glad I am not the only klutzy one :) but you created a lovely painting despite it all! My brother lives in Tucson (and I am still stuck up in the snowy north) and I sure wish I was there today!

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  11. Absolutely Beautiful! So Colorful!

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  12. Even though your painting day had a rough start, beautiful painting. Luscious colors.

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