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Toss the Old Goat – and Apparently the New One Too!

2 Jun

Somethings are just not meant to be a poured painting.  I even have blisters on two fingers from this painting – and well, the old goat has been shredded – and the new goat will not be far behind!

Helen Shideler  Old Goat painting


Every now and then it happens.  And I knew it as it was happening.  But for some reason I forged ahead.  Not once but TWICE!!!!  ARRRRRGGGG!!!!! With each step I questioned myself.  With each pour I asked what are you doing?  And I still proceeded.  As the painting developed it was well, ok.  Well, I don’t do ok.  The height of mediocrity is not nor has ever been my goal.  I strive for strong, well-executed work! Work that I can hang with a level of confidence and not have to explain away.  That is what makes me tick.  And yet I plodded on hoping that the end result would fare better than what I was watching develop.

Helen Shideler poured water color

I completed five pours on this Old Goat and just six on the New Goat (you can see how I feel about it by how I am referencing it), removed the masquing compound and really look at it.  It was ok. That word again.  Once the masque was off, it was really clear to me how to improve it.  Tear it up and burn it baby burn it!

Start over I said.  And start over I did.  This time I was able to achieve a thinner line of masque for the hair and included a background of sort. Crop in closer to the goat’s face  creating a better composition and more interest in the overall work.  And still I am completely not satisfied – two paintings for the fire pit!

Note to self: Plan your work more carefully.  Just plan your work.  Lesson re-learned for now.  Haste does make waste!

Is this ever a position you find yourself in?



wanna play wanna play

24 Apr

This is a painting of our doggie.  Sadie is a highly spirited border collie lab cross and is always looking for someone to play with or for someone to pay attention to her.  She is very expressive and communicates with us quite clearly – Almost always about attention and/or food or food and/or attention!

She is getting on in years now.  We think she is about eleven – not sure as she was a resuce dog.  Her hair is turning quite white and she has started to slow down some.

This is a mixed watermedia painting on Ampersand Aquabord.  This surface is wonderful for painting textures such as fur and hair.


17 Apr

Stormy Sunday and what shall I do. Sounds like the perfect day to lock myself in my studio and paint away.  This is a mixed watermedia piece on Ampersand Aquabord of our dog Sadie.  She is so inquisitive. Either looking for trouble or looking for food.  I could not resist painting her.  This was c ompleted in about five hours – the background gave me trouble. You cannot be in a hurry with this painting surface.   

Sadie is a mixed breed – cross between a lab and a border collie – the border collie being dominent.  She has us completely trained!

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