Monday, January 25, 2010

Creative experiments

So I hadn't been painting at all, and frankly haven't painted this month that Coop's been gone, but I'm finally getting around to loading these pics so I can hopefully see what you think. I basically was really bored of what I usually do and wanted to have some fun giving something a bit more expressive and loose a try. I did this one first:
Then I painted this one:
And then going way outside the box for me - not even drawing inspiration from a photo but just from my head - I tried this one. I LOVED it as a drawing and halfway through and was rather unhappy with it when I got done.
So I changed it a bit. Still not thrilled. I feel like it makes my eyes go blurry. Not quite sure what's wrong - lack of focal point? too much going on? soft edges not working with hard one? colors? composition? I just don't know. I think it's better than it was, but I'm not even sure about that. But here it is as at present:
So what do you think of them? Any suggestions?


Raina said...

Wow!! I have to say I think this is my favorite stuff you have done!!! I like this kind of art.. .and really I could just stare at it all day. GREAT job!

Jen said...

These are FUN, FUN, FUN. I think it is awesome that you aren't in a box, and that you aren't afraid to try new stuff. I think these are whimsical and, frankly, awesome. You are inspiring!

hannah said...

I love the sense of movement these paintings evoke. I also like the second painting of the two you did. The darker colors bring a little more stability to the painting. Maybe it still needs a void space. An eye for the storm? You are amazing. So talented. I wish I could hire you to paint my picture books, instead of bumbling along by myself. Illustrating is SOOOOO hard.

marzee said...

These are so fun. The third one makes me think of music. Very cool.

bontovi said...

you're soooo talented Alisha!!! i still have the beautiful hibiscus from you hanging on our wall!!! i think of you everytime i see it:) you and melanie were awesome vts!