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Friday, 22 March 2013

Decisions, Decisions

Hi, this painting started off as 3 boats............yep I know thats hard to believe.  Have been following the Strathmore free classes and this was supposed to be abstract art showing the boats I mentioned.  Still am moving on and not worrying about the missing boats and going with what I've got............



Stretched canvas in Acrylics

The colourings look different because the light suddenly changed


Now the decision is do I mount it on Black or White............my husband says white and I thought black....what colour do you think?

Last Friday's showing of my paintings went well, there was some positive comments and felt quite pleased, but it is the most scary experience ever especially when you have to stand by them.  The other students were very at ease showing and talking about their work, most of them are very experienced so suppose confidence in their work comes naturally.

We have snow again and its bitter cold..........perhaps if we all shout together and yell for Spring someone up there will hear and take pity on us................

Wishing you a very happy weekend and thank you for popping in to see me.  Am off to Paint Party Friday where I get to see some real fab art work.  Hugs Annette x

76 comments:

Fliss said...

A gorgeously atmospheric piece of artwork Netty and love the bold colours. I'm with you on the black as it makes the colours pop so well.
No snow here but freezing cold!
Hugs, Fliss xx

butterfly said...

I'm also voting for the black... It really makes the colours shine. I love the piece itself... dramatic and, as Fliss says, atmospheric.

So glad to hear the show went well... It may be that the others are naturally confident, or they may just be really good at faking it!!
Alison xx

denthe said...

Forget about the boats, it looks great as it is! And I definitely prefer the black, it makes the colours pop so beautifully.

Kim said...

Annette, this is so striking, love the color and the black! HPPF!

ann @ studiohyde said...

Never mind about the boats, this has turned out a very striking painting. I would say mount it on black, makes it pop. Happy PPF :)

www.dorissdaughter.com said...

This is a beautiful painting with very striking colours. I would mount it in black as it brings out the black in the trees and is a good contrast to the colours

Pam said...

Love the colors on this, and certainly mount it on black!! :) Hope you get some warmer weather soon, it's been cold here too!

Nic McLean said...

this looks great with or without the boats! I love the colours - makes me think of a great sunset. Initially I thought the black mount but then it seemed to join up with the black lines to make a prison cell window - if you know what I mean? the white mount makes it more bright and open

Victoria said...

woah..I love the massive and intense bands of colors..very invigorating and makes me feel charged up with energy..so very beautiful..a feeling of harmony and also mystery. ..makes me feel like I am in a forest. Boats or no boats..this is stunning and beautiful!
Love this!!
Hugs
Victoria
PS: here in Canada we got more snow too..so weird..Spring keeps teasing us! Hope yours comes soon!

Arnoldo L. Romero, MLA said...

I love the strength in your color choice and the bold shapes, Netty. As to the frame, I believe black would work best with this piece. Blessings!

Anne Manda said...

Lovely, interesting, great colors! I would mount on white, to keep it fresh, but black looks nice, too ... I can see your dilemma! <3

Linda said...

gorgeous landscape!! I see trees which pop in this painting when framed in the black-that's my vote:) I'm watching the Strathmore series also.No matter who the artist is or what kind of art they share I can always learn something.Happy PPF!

1CardCreator said...

Gorgeous for sure Annette. I like the white, and the black. I guess it depends on what you want to stand out. The white draws my eyes to the landscape and gives it great depth and shadows. The black makes the trees the stand out more. Personally I like the white, but what do I know? Beautiful any way you frame it. ~Diane

Lindsay said...

Black makes the colors more vibrant! Beautiful color combo :) happy ppf!

Deanna said...

Oh how pretty! It's funny how your piece may start out as one thing and end up something totally different. I would typically say black background but I think the colors are popping more on the white with this one. Happy PPF!

Von said...

Love it on the black Annette as it flows into the design :)
Von ♥

SAMARA said...

Oh Annette, this is sensational. The colors are intensely vibrationally rich and speak to so much around us. You have blended them so beautifully. Not an easy task I am sure! I really enjoy it! Thanks for sharing Annette! Happy blogging on Fridays.

Gloria in CA said...

I think the black. Awesome piece. Loving that. Hoping you have warm weather soon. Happy weekend and PPF to you.

Mary C. Nasser said...

Love all the colorful, horizontal shapes in this landscape, Netty!!
♥♥♥
Happy PPF!!
Mary
Mixed-Media Map Art

craftattack said...

Beautiful work Annette. I would prefer white, but.... Hugs, Valerie

Faye said...

Gorgeous colors, Netty. I agree with you because the black makes the colors "pop" and there seems to be no white in the painting to match the mat. However, I can't see the sails. They may indeed be white and are covered by the rising waves. Who knows?

SAMARA said...

Hey there Giggles! Annette, gotta go with white, sorry honey...it really offsets the colors. I had to come back. This pic is just too stunning to miss on every site where I put mine. I love love love and starting with boats. can you imagine how crazy we are as artists! who ever knows where we will land (both in life and our art! ) Oh, maybe I'm just talking about me!!!! Hey, also - I just LOVE your profile pic. You are as cute as a button!!!! Lovies again. OK, now a hug too. lol Samara

acreativeharbor.com said...

Wonderful colors of your abstract painting ~ I think black but either would work well ~ Enjoy ^_^

ps. Brave and creative woman you are! Brava!

Elissa said...

Oohh, such gorgeous colours, I love it. I see an avenue of tree trunks soaring up to their canopies out of view above. I'm with the consensus for black.

Happy PPF!

Erika said...

Dear Netty,
your colors are amazing. I love this kind of art!
I would prefer black. It makes The painting a Little Bit deeper.
Wishing a Wonderful Weekend and a happy Spring.
Hugs and love
Erika

Polly Birchall said...

This is a lovely striking painting, really exciting. The black seems the right colour for this one!

Susan said...

Spectacular artwork! I think black sets it off but it stands alone no matter the surround. The color and perspective are wonderful.

Tammie Lee said...

i love how you are exploring so many styles of art, you are quite inspiring. these are wonderful to see.

Catherine Constance said...

Love the bright colours and would definitely go for black.. :)

Christine said...

Beautiful abstract, had to laugh about the boats. I think black.

sharon said...

Isn't it funny how a painting can change even when we have other ideas. I like the black.

Daniele said...

deffo black Annette, the colours look subtle and the black really frames it
hugs

bella lullo said...

Meravigliosi i tuoi colori!!
Bellalullo

Catherine Denton said...

Oh this is pretty, Netty. I love the contrast.

missy k said...

Hi White for me!

Stunning work Netty :)

Karen x

Aga Gasiniak said...

Dear Netty, nevermind missing boats because your painting is beautiful already. I love it. I love composition, idea and colours, colours, colours. It is really good. Well done!!! Have a lovely weekend and see you at next PPF!!!

Meggymay said...

Love those colours vry moody. Oh and black would be my choice.
Yvonne x

McCrafty's Cards said...

Annette, I think the black makes the colours stand out on this wonderful work of art
Kevin xx

Karin said...

beautiful creation, i go for black!
Have a great weekend!

Linda R said...

I love the way this looks so far. I am thinking black. It will stand out better I think. But then again I am no expert..

Hugs~

Marji said...

Beautiful, Netty! I like the black.

Sandy said...

Here I go again giving you advice -
I like the black the best. Great painting with beautiful colors and I think it would be neat to name it MISSING BOATS!
Sandy

Giggles said...

Wow this is amazing... I love it..you have come a long way baby...your style is more prevalent every single week!! Go with your heart....the black...a perfect artist pick!!

Hugs Giggles

Maria said...

really lovely!!! :D

Cris, Oregon Artist said...

Voting for black too.. makes your lovely colors pop. bummer about the snow. I read that there was a warrant out for punxsuntawny Phil for fraud..for blowing the forecast that Spring was close. LOL HPPF

JoyCorcoran said...

I think the piece will look good with either backing -- the colors are striking and the composition is compelling. There's lots of room for imagination here. I know most people are saying black, but it looks more closed off with the black, more of the cell image that Nic mentioned. I would leave it open with the white -- it floats more. Either way, though, GREAT PIECE.

Tracey Fletcher King said...

I LOVE this... and black mounting baby... never listen to the husbands ... but the black makes the whole composition come together...xx

kat said...

Yep definitely black! I love this, so simple and beautiful!

Dawn said...

I like this lots don't worry about missing boats and defo Black mount :)

Martina2801 said...

It's awesome, Netty! I'm just amazed at your creativity and your imagination!

Have a nice weekend my friend.

janice smith said...

I love your freedom! Isn't it wonderful not to worry about what a canvas is "supposed" to be and let something totally unexpected emerge? I love the finished piece.

Zafaran said...

Hi Netty...Lovely colors here...and I would go with white because I feel the trees would really stand out then. But the truth is the painting speaks for itself and will do its own talking...great work!
Cheers for you on the successful show!
Thank you for visiting me, I really do feel so great!

Lorraine said...

I found this workshop difficult too as his boats suddenly emerge. I like this colourful background and I am thinking perhaps black silhouettes of boats with just a touch of white..going to get a move on now and start to do my boat piece so thanks for reminding me

soulbrush said...

Love the colours, I think you have loadsa black already- I would go for white personally. Happy PPF and yay for the successful show! Go girl go.

Cat Beringer said...

I vote black. The black brings out the verticals, were they the masts of the boats? It's really a beautiful painting, there's a lot of depth in those vibrant colors. It looks like a beautiful sunset.

Carol said...

I'm voting black also....it will just make the awesome colors POP!

Piarom said...

I go for black, it fits way better I think ;) what a wonderful bright colorcomposition...don´t matter that the boats are out on the sea ;)

pauline said...

Netty, these colors are so vibrant and alive! What an interesting exercise. i think i prefer the black background... Happy PPF! xox

Tammie Dickerson said...

Beautiful piece! I really like the black mount - adds drama to the painting! Happy PPF!

Manon said...

it looks wonderful without the boats. I would go for white but I think they both look good!
manon x

Elisa said...

love the colors netty. so bright! I prefer the white because it shows the boldness of your painting more. :)

Adrienne Rose said...

I think I love it on black! :) I love the painting, it's so much fun. I like how you tried one thing, and with acrylics you can change it so easily! Have a wonderful day!

Jessica Sporn said...

beautiful colors and composition. I like the white better -- to me, the black overwhelms the painting and completely changes the mood. It makes me feel like the viewer is in a confined, dark space. But either way, it's beautiful.

Nicole Beadwright Campanella said...

Well you are not going to believe this, however, I dreamt of a painting like this last night. How wild is that?
So I can say this is the painting of my dreams.
Nicole/Beadwright

NatashaMay said...

Definitely black. :) Wonderful colors!

lissa said...

wonderful piece! I would go with the white frame just because it opens up the artwork while a black frame usually kind of enclosed an artwork.

thanks for your visit. have a great day.

Ariel said...

Netty no worries about the boat as even without them it looks fabulous. The colors are stunning and even I feel a black background will make those colors pop.
Have a great week and yeah we are all tired of this weather!!

Kristin said...

These colors are so striking! I love the composition and the fact that it started as something altogether different. I vote black too, xoxo

Deepa Gopal Sunil said...

The painting looks so simple and yet so gorgeous! I love the black as it make the colors so striking!

Kirstin McCulloch said...

congratulations of your showing! I absolutely love your painting. I think the black is best, it really stood out for me!
Kirstin x

Candy C said...

Hi Netty! I vote black background on your beautiful painting. The black is a better contrast with your bright colors. The black also integrates the black lines you have in your painting. It is a gorgeous painting and I say,"who needs boats?" Haha Thank you for the very nice comment you left ony blog as well!!! You are so sweet and so talented. Hugs, Candy

minnemie said...

You certianly did not miss the boat on this one;-) Beautifully striking. I like the black for it makes my eye move around and through the lines (that I intertret as trees) in the painting. It adds to the whole, I think.

Lisa Isabella Russo said...

It looks great with both white and black, but I prefer it with the black. It's quite lovely and the colors are wonderful!

joanna said...

Definitely black, Annette. It will set off the gorgeous colours of this painting! just beautiful, boats or no boats :)
xoxo

Ilona Heimböckel said...

Love the colours in your abstract painting! And the composition all together! :-)

Happy PPF very late, soon it's friday again! :-)

Ilona

Debbie said...

I can't believe you have snow. That's too bad! I hope it melts soon. Your abstract is looking gorgeous. I like how you used lines.