Saturday, January 10, 2009

Out of This World 30"x30"

I did this painting for a show with the subject being trees. I saw this scene while walking through the town graveyard with my husband and daughter last fall; it's an historic graveyard that dates back to Revolutionary War times and has nice views of the harbor and the historic downtown area. In all the years I've lived here, it's one spot I don't remember ever visiting previously, but it's really about as lovely as a graveyard can get. I looked up at the trees and considered painting several different views but decided on this one that included the elegant monument. I added the jet plane because I had seen them pass by several times and considered the dreamlike state I can be in when gazing upward. As I was painting this recently, I wondered about painting the monument, but then after seeing the death and devastation that is taking place in the world on the news and considering the escape of being on a plane and the cycle of nature with the trees turning, it made sense. It got rejected from the show...but I still like it.

22 comments:

Joan Breckwoldt said...

Hi Paula, this is a beautiful painting. I LOVE your perspective, it's very imaginative. I also love all your vibrant colors and the way you handled the trees. Very nicely done . . . just save it for the next show!
Joan

artslice said...

I like the point of view you chose for this one... and of course I love the fall colors on the trees!

Kelley Carey MacDonald said...

Ugh. I just made a comment (a long one, of course) and tried to submit it then I noticed that Molly had used my computer and I had to re-sign in which lost my comment. Anyway, nice work, sorry it didn't get in, it doesn't mean anything... you know the drill, keep painting!

Sheila said...

Were the Stooges on the jury? I love the composition and enjoyed reading the story behind the painting. I also see it as a symbol of past (memorial) present (tree ever changing) and future ( the jet of course)

I'm giving you a cyber blue ribbon.

Katie May said...

This is awesome! Wow! What a perspective! And it must me really great in person at such a large size....Good job! I can;t believe it was rejected :-P

Paula Villanova said...

Thanks ladies and welcome Joan! I'm glad you stopped by! I don't mind being rejected for the show...you're right Kelley, I know the drill and so true...must keep painting!!! And thanks for your comments Katie! (I think I may use too many exclamation points!)

Rhonda said...

I like your perspective and composition on this also. The trees are beautiful and I'll bet the statue was not easy to paint (done a few of them myself).

Rhonda

Atul Pande said...

Paula: Great perspective. SInce this is how one would look at a tall statue, your perspective creates a sense of great height. Nicely done.

Manon Doyle said...

I agree with everyone that the perspective is incredible! You are very talented! I'm very impressed with your work!!

Manon Doyle said...

I agree with everyone that the perspective is incredible! You are very talented! I'm very impressed with your work!!

Sandy said...

Great job on that statue! The tree colors are beautiful and how cool to see the plane way up there in the sky.

Very interesting perspective you chose.

Deborah Ross said...

Hi Paula, I think this is a brilliant painting,,the perspective, the composition.....what were they thinking to reject it?? Anyway, it doesn't matter.
You know, I especially like the jet included..the contrast of the jet and the statue, old and new.....it makes you think.

Marian Fortunati said...

I like it too.
Funny isn't it? Sometimes even though our paintings get rejected, they stay among our favorites. After all... aren't we painting for ourselves... really??

;0)

soulbrush said...

your style is very arresting, almost surreal, i truly like it.

Paula Villanova said...

Thanks Rhonda, Atul, Manon, Sandy, Deb, Marion, and Soulbrush for commenting on my painting and for visiting my blog. It means alot when people take the time to do this and the valuable feedback I receive is much appreciated. Thank you all!

Paula Villanova said...

Hi Sheila! For some bizarre reason, your comment showed up late! Not sure what I did but it appeared as an unmoderated conversation today when I logged into my blog so I have just added it...thanks for the blue ribbon!

Carolann said...

I really like this as I would never of thought of this composition. It works very well and can't think why it was not accepted for the show.

Camille LaRue Olsen said...

To me that jet implies that the soul buried beneath the angel is not underground but has flown to freedom. I think the whole painting is very cool and beautifully executed as well as having wonderful implications.

Paula Villanova said...

Thanks Carolann, anyone who has submitted to shows, including the great masters (like how I'm including myself with that group?)knows that rejection happens. I think that's when we really get to know ourselves as artists and learn more about how committed we are to our imagery. Maybe it wasn't the time or place for this painting...but as I mentioned, I still like it!

Camille, nice to hear from you! Yes, as this painting developed, I began to see more underlying connotations which determined how I handled the imagery as a whole.

Thanks, ladies for your feedback!

Peggi Habets said...

Fantastic! The airplane I didn't see until after I admired the foliage. It was a cool surprise.

Vern Schwarz said...

Hi Paula, I love the artistry to be found in cemetaries, thanks Dad,(he was a stone mason). Your view from the ground up creates a lot of interest. Great compositional idea and a beautiful painting.

Paula Villanova said...

Hey thanks Vern! This is one cemetary that I found to be most interesting with all the monuments, many of them from historic periods...thanks for visiting my blog, nice to hear from you!