Monday, December 20, 2010

In Summers' Gold (unfinished)

16"x16" oil on stretched linen canvas

"To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe."
- Anatole France

Honestly, I have been painting now & then, but not quite making it to the computer to blog a single thought about it. And the funny thing is, it seems I get quite introspective about my work in December. December brings the culmination of a year of work, and I always take a broad look at how things have developed over the past year AND consider what I'd like to achieve in the coming year. The studies and workshops that I've completed add to the sorting out. I find the best way to put this new knowledge to use is to just keep painting. This piece will be my bridge to the new year. I'll be spending time in the company of lots of relatives, and I hope to finish wrapping, packing, preparing, etc. for the holidays in the next few days! So, it seems I'm leaving you with a 'cliff-hanger', an un-finished painting, which you'll get to see the end result in the new year!

Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays to you, and my best wishes for health and happiness in the New Year!!

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Blogger Diane Hoeptner (hep-ner) said...

Beautiful, Roxanne! (Love all those purple shadows and kittycat!)I'm like you, lots of deep thoughts and attempting to make sense of the last year and chart a course for the next. Happy Holidays to you too! May 2011 bring you lots of happiness and many more happy hours painting!

December 20, 2010 at 4:56 PM  
Blogger Roxanne Steed said...

Thanks for your kind words Diane, I am always in awe of your work! I go through this year end 'review' every year, but somehow January comes along calmly and I find myself settled in to the path I'm meant to be on. In some weird way it feels like a huge 'leap of faith' just to bridge that gap between Dec. & Jan. Best wishes to you in the new year!!

December 20, 2010 at 9:13 PM  
Blogger Norma Wilson said...

Great start Roxanne. Love the mood of this piece and the great lighting. Hope you and the family have a wonderful holiday and an awesome New Year!

December 21, 2010 at 6:55 AM  
Blogger Roxanne Steed said...

Thanks Norma! Still stewing over how I want to bring this to a finish...but for now, I'll continue finishing up Christmas preparations & getting ready for visiting family! Have fun with the boys home- See you in the new year!

December 21, 2010 at 7:11 AM  
Blogger Lee said...

I really love the shadows in this. The colors are wonderful!

December 21, 2010 at 11:37 AM  
Blogger Roxanne Steed said...

Thanks Lee! I really love working with strongly back-lit images!

December 21, 2010 at 11:42 AM  

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