Wednesday, July 1, 2009

DSFDF challenge—Rower on Lake Michigan

Yesterday, I dragged out my oils after almost a year. I had to go into the "way back machine" to get the oil painting process going again as I spent the afternoon muddling through the latest Different Strokes from Different Folks challenge from Karin Jurick. I kept thinking this is going to be way too hard as I stared at the reflections in the water and the figure in the boat in the photograph she posted. My next thought was to maybe wait for the next challenge and go take a run". The fog and drizzle we have been experiencing here in Maine deterred me from that distraction, so I squeezed out the paint and gave it a try. Though it seems a bit stiff, I am pleased to have finished and got up the nerve to send it to Karin to post with the others.

25 comments:

marancat said...

I think you should be very pleased with this - it is great. By the way, I just love that red pincushion in and earlier post.

raena said...

I think it is very well done!

Yasemin said...

What a great painting! Congratulations :)

laura said...

I personally can't see any evidence of stiffness--and love the water and the color of the boat; the darks are phenomenal!

Angela Elledge said...

Just beautiful. I'm glad you stuck with this, I had the same hesitations with this one, as well. Even though you had to "go way back" for this one, it's still there and really doesn't go away. Very well done.

Anonymous said...

It looks great, Jennifer! I always marvel at people who go from one medium to the next with ease. Beautiful study!

Dona Minúcia said...

This is lovely. Adore your artworks, Thanks for sharing!

Dan Kent said...

The reflections are perfect. The person is so well done. This is a beautiful painting. I can understand your anxiety after a year, but I think oil is your medium.

Linda T said...

Wow, the first thing that came to my mind was Winslow Homer. Love it.

Knitting Painter Woman said...

Glad to see you posting here. LOVELY. I like this better than the reference photo.

Aarti Harish said...

Hi..a very neatly done work of art...well done..!!

Sherry said...

Oh, I think this painting is simply wonderful! I love the reflections in the water.

Edward Burton said...

Beautiful painting, Jennifer. Great job with the figure.

Caroline said...

What a super painting - you're very versatile turning your hand to oil and watercolour with equal ease!

Steve Penberthy said...

I think this came out great!

Ann Rogers said...

So well done...and after a year....I'm impressed! Keep up the good work.

Anetka said...

Jennifer your painting is beautiful:)

Carol Horzempa said...

I Love your handling of the girl, boat, water....all of it!
Your should be very pleased with it. I checked your blog and love your watercolors too!

Margaret Ann said...

Nice effort! Happy 4th back in the USA!:)

Claire said...

This is beautifully done!

africantapestry said...

Beautiful Jennifer!!
Ronell

dominique eichi said...

you did a great job even if you were stiff.

Jennifer Lawson said...

Wow, thank you all for your kind words and encouragement on my first oil painting in quite a awhile. The paints are out, so now I just have to find the time, and then there is that focusing and commitment thing...

Best always—Jennifer

caseytoussaint said...

wow - doesn't look stiff to me at all, it looks wonderful!

Cindi said...

great entry in the dsfdf challenge!!! hope its not as long for your next painting in oils!!