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Saturday, August 1, 2009

"La Paz-Bolivia"

This painting is 24"x36". I initially did a 12"x16" study in order to see if I could try to keep some areas loose. I find this often helps if I plan to paint a larger image, though I still always get tighter on the big pieces.

What drew me to this subject was the soft, muted tones of the distant buildings, and that was the part of the painting I had the most fun with. I am reasonably pleased with the looseness of the people and the buildings, which I simplified quite a bit relative to the source photo. Getting looser is an ongoing challenge, and I strive for it in every painting I do. So hard to relinquish the illusion of control that painting "between the lines" gives.


  1. Oh, how I agree with "getting looser is an ongoing challenge"! During a workshop with Carolyn Anderson (think you'll love her looseness) she said to get out of that coloring book mentality! Sometimes I still feel like I'm six with a new box of crayons. This La Paz paintings is another great example of your magic with light and shadow.

  2. Thanks Ann. On less complex scenes I try blocking in with no drawing whatsoever, this really helps break out of tightness as there are no lines to stay within. Give it a try!

  3. Welcome to the blogesphere!!

    Wonderful feel of atmosphere and light here Liz. Quite a complex subject to try and keep loose.


  4. Liz, this piece is stunning! I love your work. Glad to see you blogging!

  5. Hi friend, Love this piece although as you know, I know nothing about art and only respond emotionally.