Wednesday, January 20, 2010

New Miniature in the Italian Landscape Series, "Over and Beyond"

My latest miniature painting is another in my Italian Landscape Series. I had started this one a while back, but didn't like the colors in the sky, nor the way the light was hitting the tops of the mountains. I put it away and moved on to another work. I find it's good to do that, when a piece just doesn't grab you but you have put so much work into it. This one had been at that point. Meanwhile, I was thinking about what I wanted to do next, when I saw it sitting there on the miniature easel where I prop them to "age". I picked it up and just started working on it. I think it's good sometimes to put all the photos and references away and let your painter's eye take over. Once I got the sky area worked out, the rest was the fun part of just refining the details. I'm very happy with it now. It still needs the isolation coat and varnish. When that has all been done and a frame chosen, I'll post it again. Thanks for looking and taking the time to read this.

Over and Beyond, © Barbara A. Freeman
Acrylic on Claybord, 3 5/8" x 3 5/8"



10 comments:

Tracy Hall said...

This has turned out beautifully Barbara - I love the tiny houses nestled on the hillsides!

Gail Hayton said...

I really like this piece-makes you want to crawl into the painting.

Miniature Art by Karen Hull said...

This is gorgeous Barbara. I'm sure I would recognise one of your paintings anywhere, they have a very distinctive colour and light, which I love (almost a soft turquoise hue to them).

Mona said...

love it Barbara!

AutumnLeaves said...

Such beautiful use of color here, Barbara. Such a romantic feel to the piece; maybe because I know it is the Italian countryside...

Barbara A. Freeman said...

Thanks to you all for your kind words. Everytime of paint one of the Italian landscapes, the memories come rushing back. It is such a beautiful, romantic place.

storybookstudio said...

wonderful---I agree the colors are just make you feel so good and the perspective draws you right in- a great piece :)

Dors said...

Love this. and so much detail in a miniature . I don't know how you do it. :D

Beautiful work.

Barbara A. Freeman said...

Thanks Janie and Dors. There is a lot of tiny details in this. I don't know how I was even able to do it myself! It was an easy piece to get lost in.

DEB said...

Very pretty! You are so much more patient than I. When I get to where I don't want to work on a painting anymore, I toss it. I used to save them, but I never got motivated to work on them again. I'm glad you save yours!