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Friday, April 10, 2009

Longing For the Weekend ... I Think

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The Race, Oil 10" x 8"
Fridays have a way of sneaking up on me. It is so wonderful to finish up a week and think about a relaxing for a few days. But now that I have a BLOG, all I can think about is "how many paintings can I finish this weekend so I can get ahead?". I don't know how many artists have Type A personalities, but I am guilty as charged. The fact that I will paint until midnight, just so I can have a painting to post that day, clearly explains it ...
I also forgot to mention that I am in charge of a HUGE fundraiser for the school next weekend and there is still a lot to do ... big silent auction ... and lots of coordination left. I have begged everyone for donations and I think it is going to be a wonderful event so I am excited ... but exhausted just thinking about it. I also need to find (or create) two paintings to donate. So ... keep your fingers crossed that I can paint a ton and get a jump on the upcoming week!

28 comments:

Mike said...

Leslie . . .I marvel at the way you treat edges and transitions between values. You know your stuff!!

rahina qh said...

what a hectic life, Leslie! what is the fundraising for? and this painting is fantastic, i feel dizzy looking at it, you've really captured the movement dangerously, beautifully. r.

Trish Siegel said...

This is wonderful. You have really captured the poise of that boat under sail. I can feel her gently rolling over those small swells. It brings back a lot of memories!

LSaeta said...

Mike - Thank you! There is a lot of paint on this one, I can tell you that!
Rahina - The fundraiser is for the athletic department at my boys' school.
Trish - thanks! Glad to bring back the memories. Funny though, I paint all of these boats and I don't even like to sail ...

L.Holm said...

Leslie - you are the queen of the palette knife and multi-tasking both!

julie davis said...

I can totally relate to the chaos--the school auction is an enormous undertaking. Good luck with it. Love the sailboat. The composition is lovely.

LSaeta said...

Liz and Julie - Glad you like the sailboat. The paint is a bit thick but it was a fun undertaking. Not as much fun as the fundraiser though! Then again ...

Peter Lee said...

Thank you so much, Leslie, for visiting my blog and leaving your remark, which made my day!!!
I'm a newcomer to the cyber world and hardly get any comment on my works. So you have no idea how jubilant I was when I saw your encouragement yesterday.
I love "The Race" - it's more dynamic and even bolder than other works that I have seen so far.
Great touch! No wonder you have fans lined up to say something everyday. Do you show your paintings at any galleries around here? I live in Orange County and love to check it out if you do.
And good luck with your paintings for the fundraiser.

LSaeta said...

Peter,
Thank you for so many kind comments! I just started my blog in January so I know how nice it is to receive comments. They make my day too.
I am not in any galleries yet, other than juried competitions. In fact, that will be the subject of one of my next posts - how do I go about approaching galleries? I guess that is the next big step!

Jala Pfaff said...

This is an awesome one, very bold and full of movement. Love it.

I think we all feel some of that "daily blogger" pressure. !

Art with Liz said...

Hi Leslie - I have been battling to leave a comment as my computer keeps throwing me out - fingers crossed.
Thanks for visiting my blog and I absolutely love the way you paint - those thick, juicy brushstrokes with lovely paint. Have you on blog list now so I can keep track! (I see you also are sports mad - albeit different sports! My loves are cricket and rugby, not know in your part of the world!)

Cathyann said...

Leslie, this is fantastic! Looks like palette knife at work...do you use it, brush or both?
I know that blog madness well...but it keeps me going...
Peace

LSaeta said...

Liz and Cathyann - All of my paintings are done with a palette knife. The only time I use a brush is when it comes times to sign the canvas. I turn over the brush and "scratch in" my signature! Thanks for your comments.

$@tej......... said...

Hello Leslie
I loved your work.It is my type meaning the kind I admire.
It was nice that you found me and now i have found you.I will soon add your blog link on mine

Theresa Rankin said...

I love what you are doing!! This is a stunner! Bold great composition and color...beautiful paint application movement...I am a follower!

simoart said...

Hi
Beautiful painting, your style with palette knife is wonderful, I can feel the motion of the boat. Wish luck with the fund raising.

Marina Petro said...

Thank you for leaving a comment at my blog. It is much appreciated. I am astounded at what you achieve with your limited palette! The energy in this painting is fantastic. I haven't picked up a palette knife in years but you've tempted me now. I will add your blog link to mine unless you have an objection...Glad we've connected

n. rhodes harper said...

OMG your paintings are amazing. So much life,texture color! Thanks for stopping by my blog and helping me discover your work!

Fábio Cembranelli said...

Hi Leslie, I love the way you paint, it's wonderful. Unique style and colors! Thanks for sharing.

Paintdancer said...

HI Leslie,

Thanks for stopping by my blog. Your paintings are wonderful! I struggle with boats. Yours are wonderful. I too love the freedom of painting with a palette knife. LAtely I have been trying to do more painting with a brush. It's a whole new adventure for me- using a brush. But cleaning them is certainly not fun!
So glad to have found your blog. Your paintings are very inspiring!

http://www.onpainting.wordpress.com said...

I like the blue boat with the water. Very strong piece. You won't be arrested if you don't post a new painting everyday.

Liza Hirst said...

Hi Leslie,

What is there more to say? I join the above wholeheartedly! You are a very good painter and I am also pleased to have found your blog!
Thanks for your comment on mine!

Carol Schiff Studio said...

HI LESLIE, LOVE YOUR WORK, I SO ADMIRE ARTISTS WHO MASTER THE KNIFE. THIS PAINTING HAS SO MUCH MOVEMENT AND GREAT COLOR, I CAN CLOSE MY EYES AND BE ON THAT BOAT!

Mary Sheehan Winn said...

wow. what a powerful painting!
Your work is wonderful.
Best of luck with all your endeavors, particularly the fund raising event.

Deborah Ross said...

Leslie, your paintings are so vibrant and colorful, even though you use a limited palette. You can just feel the energy that went into each painting. I think you have achieved your goal of capturing the light. Each of your paintings is proof of that.

rob ijbema said...

wow that is a powerfull image leslie
love the texture and action!

Karen Bruson said...

Strong and beautiful painting, as always.

Dean Grey said...

Leslie!

Of all your recent posts this painting has the liveliest brushstrokes IMHO. Lots of movement in the brushwork here.

Keep it up!

-Dean

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