Sunday, April 19, 2015

I poured my heart out and only one measly comment!!!!

I wrote in my previous post "OMG, my bicycle painting died!",  and all I got was ONE comment. A very complimentary comment BUT ONLY ONE!!!! Well, my blog readers, I tore up said dead painting into a zillion tiny itsy bitsy pieces whilst a steady stream of my tears rained over them. Here is my second painting. I beg you, pretty please with whipping cream and a strawberry on top, send me a comment, any comment -  good, bad, or butt ugly. Anything. Fingers crossed. :-)  :-)

21 comments:

CrimsonLeaves said...

Ok...commenting again. Love the painting but really really REALLY liked the green in the background of the first one. Also there was more movement in the background colors in the first incarnation - in my opinion - that lent to the movement of the bicycles while still not detracting from the subject of those riders. Nevertheless, this is just excellent, David. It rather makes me want to get out and ride a bike...but...nah...too much work! LoL

Javier De León said...

I took your class at SCC years back, ever since then I've been a fan of your work. You're a great instructor and an incredible artist. How's Pauly?

Suzy said...

OK! The tires! I like the masterful way you showed the texture of the tire treads by taking advantage of the roughness of the paper. Rich black on the bottom halves--sun-dappled on the uppers.

Sandra Busby said...

Hi David... I am here to empathize! Not only did I murder one painting recently, but another committed suicide by throwing itself from the drying shelf! I was a tad insulted by that! I think you have been very hard on yourself and I must say, I love your painting! You have managed to convey a sense of speed which is very clever in my book! And I love the vibrant palette too! I'm sorry I have been a silent follower... I must put a link to you on my side bar so I can see when you post :0)

Judy Baker said...

Why did you tear it up??? It's a beautiful painting. I think people look at and enjoy our paintings and blogs (because they tell me they do in person and on Facebook), but they don't/won't take the time to comment. Some don't know how. You can bet your beautiful art is being appreciated. Look at the stats on your blog site--you'll be amazed. Keep painting!

Lorna said...

I like the riders but feel that the 'sky' overwhelms them.

Amy Bryce said...

I like this one, but I also like the one you scrapped--different moods...interesting to compare.

(and a comment :)

Meera Rao said...

ok --am back to commenting :) I like both the paintings -- liked the background sky in the first (before the second glaze ) and agree with Crimson Leaves' comment about movement. As always I love how you own color :)

Linda said...

It is lovely! It can get discouraging when very few, or nobody comments on a post or painting that one works so hard at. Warm greetings from Montreal, Canada. :)

David Lobenberg said...

Not one, not two, not three . . . count em . . . eight comments!! Yaba daba dooo!!! My tears have dried up and the sunshine in my soul shines forth, or something to that effect. Crimson Leaves, Suzy, Sandra Busby, Judy Baker, Lorna, Amy Bryce, Meera Rao, and Linda - mucho gracias!

David Lobenberg said...

Crimson Leaves (Sherry) - I think you are right about the original painting's background colors, but on my second iteration, I decided to simplify and also put the riders on a more rakish angle as if they were following a curve on a slanted hill side rode. Lots of ways to play with composition and colors. What fun! Thank you for chiming in TWICE!!

David Lobenberg said...

Suzy - I bore down on my brush as I started the bottom of the tires and then sped up towards the top for a dry brush effect. Oh, and each time I did this, I held my breath!

David Lobenberg said...

Sandra Busby - I hate when a wet watercolor falls of the shelf! It truly is an insult!! May that never ever happen again for you.

David Lobenberg said...

Judy Baker - I do look at the stats but I miss the "old" days when more people commented. High five to you for commenting!!!

David Lobenberg said...

Lorna - what the hell do you know! ONLY KIDDING!! The sky is a little strong. I think if the middle rider's jersey was a bright yellow, that may solve the situation. Something to mull over.

David Lobenberg said...

Amy Bryce - That is the value of doing multiply studies - to see how different elements can work together to make for successful variations.

David Lobenberg said...

Meera Rao - Yes! . . . got a blogger back to commenting!! I remember well how you used to comment on my blog, but alas, it is a dying activity, and I blame Facebook and the like. Just too damn many cyber sites to consume our time and take us away from painting!

David Lobenberg said...

Linda - please, I beg you, send us poor starving Californians some Montreal snow!!! Oh, and thanks for commenting!!

David Lobenberg said...

Javier De Leon - almost passed you up. Sorry! Thanks for your kind words.Pauly is doing great. He continues to be my teaching assistant.

Carol Humpage said...

What kind of paper did you use? Is it Yupo? I love the bikes and cyclists, but find the sky distracting.

David Lobenberg said...

Carol - I painted the bikers on 140lb. cold press watercolor paper. I agree, the background should have been simplified.