Monday, March 2, 2009

Bad Hair Day



This week's challenge was one of patience and perseverance, and Karin won out ( with her computer issues), and so did a whole bunch of us with our paintings. Computer problems can drive me to drink, say bad words or make me want to practice my axe throwing (at the bad computer). Definitely one of the more frustrating things in modern day life is a malfunctioning or non functioning electronic device. So with that out of the way, I am happy to report that this painting is done. Not one that inspired, but I am glad that I stretched a little here and in the end enjoyed creating something out of ... well, what I thought was nothing. It was one of those do what you think you cannot challenges. Thanks again Karin. 10" x 8" oil on canvas panel

24 comments:

  1. Vern, this is fantastic, and the title is perfect! You set those mannequins up for a wig shop. What a great interpretation. I love it! :)

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  2. Vern, I empathize with your computer issues. I am having problems with images, in fact my computer does not show "construction zone" and I so badly want to see what you are doing post workshop.
    "Bad Hair Day" is a really nice interpretation. Your soft edges really allow the viewer's eye to move around the painting. Good job!

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  3. Akiko, thank you for your wonderful comments and I'm glad you like the title.

    Thanks Dana, but it was Karin's computer that I was referring to. I guess I wasn't very clear...I hate computer problems no matter whose they are...ha!

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  4. great idea with DSFDF . I struggled with this one

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  5. What a creative solution to this DSFDF. Looks as if the mannequins are watching the uncomfortably cold woman pass their warm enclosed world with a little smugness on their part. Bravo!

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  6. Nice interpretation, Vern! You can feel that woman is "power walking" with her stroller in the cold. I can hear her puffing, you captured it perfectly and the ironic title and subject make it so fun! Colors are great!
    I, too, sympathize on the computer issues...I have a great pair of heavy boots, and the time is almost upon me.

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  7. Thanks Dominique, and you did fine on yours.

    Dean, I appreciate your comments and thank you. Those mannequins can think they're models sometimes...ha!

    Pattie, thanks, and really glad you liked my take on this. Boots would work beautifully!

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  8. Great job, Vern. The walking woman is a neat touch and the title is perfect. This project you almost had to approach with humor or lunacy. I chose both and enjoyed your comments. And thanks and welcome aboard my blogwagon.

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  9. Vern this palette reminds me of Dana's in hers and I absolutely love both of your versions especially for the palette, which to me is what I think of as Venetian. (random choice of Italian city I'm sure, but that's what comes to mind) Your composition is so cleverly done and much more interesting than the photo setup. RRReeeally nice job on this one!

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  10. I really like the way you handled this, Vern! Very nicely done.

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  11. Wow Vern, I took the easy way out and you took challenge up a notch! Wonderful painting, wonderful interpretation.

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  12. Vern, you make me feel like a total cop out on this one. I wasn't inspired to work this one out and didn't even try. You so creatively made this an interesting narrative and a nice painting as well! Great job.

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  13. Yes, this was a tough subject but what a nice outcome! The colors and cropping really work.

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  14. Thanks James, I always enjoy visiting your blog.

    Camille, comparing mine with Dana's is a great compliment. Glad you liked it.

    Kari, I appreciate your encouraging words. Thank you.

    Thanks Sheila, I thought your take was quite unique and very creative.

    Marilyn, I wasn't going to do it either, but it's amazing how the tide turns once you get started. I did an underpainting (not intentional), that I was very unhappy with, then said what the hey, and once the colours started flowing...well you know! Happy to hear that you liked it.

    Maria, thanks for visiting my blog. It's really nice to meet you. I appreciate your comments.

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  15. Very fun how the person walking by has a hood on, covering her hair... love the title, too. you really pulled this one off!

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  16. Hi Vern, really nice take on the challenge - great job.

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  17. Thanks R., I wasn't sure if it would work, so I'm happy to hear the positive remarks.

    Edward as always, thanks for your support.

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  18. I love your interpretation of this. I hadn't looked at DSDF for a few weeks but when I tuned in to it the other day was really impressed with the range of creativity. I love that you added the figure in the foreground and also placed the window in an actual storefront. I guess that's what I like best about this project, is seeing all the different takes...nice job.

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  19. Hi Paula, there are a lot of very different interpretations, and that definitely adds a lot of fun and suspense every week. Glad you liked mine.

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  20. Vern what a wonderful story teller you are excellently done too!

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  21. Thanks Erica, great to hear from you!

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  22. Nice job on a really difficult assignment. Love the title. Perfect!

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  23. Thanks Gwen, I appreciate you stopping by.

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