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Chia
10-31-2014, 12:27 AM
Once again, it's been too long since I last posted. This is my latest, 36x24 on canvas.

The photo has some glare on the left side which throws off the colour balance somewhat. C&C welcome.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/30-Oct-2014/137335-image.jpg

chammi kaiser
10-31-2014, 05:29 AM
Wonderful painting Coralie. Words fail me.:clap: :clap: :clap: I am curious to know just how long this painting took you.

drc8
10-31-2014, 06:53 AM
Wow great work!

cem
10-31-2014, 09:19 AM
Amazing!

idylbrush
10-31-2014, 10:14 AM
So good to see your work again. Always a visual treat and a remembrance.

asmith38
10-31-2014, 10:26 AM
This is awesome! Love the details!

gaykir
10-31-2014, 11:22 AM
Wonderful! So many boyhood treasures all captured in this tapestry of memories!

susme48
10-31-2014, 12:39 PM
Coralie, your work is always so much fun! Good to see you!! :)

LavenderFrost
10-31-2014, 01:18 PM
Wonderful!

Charlie's Mum
10-31-2014, 06:38 PM
Beautifully balanced and painted Coralie - and what a size! Is this what's kept you occupied while away? :lol:

Chia
10-31-2014, 09:07 PM
Chammi, drc8, Cindy, Howard, Ann-Yes, Gayle, Susan, Michell & Maureen, Thanks so much for taking the time to comment.
Chammi, I didn't keep track of the hours that I worked on this. I can only tell you that I dabbled away at it for about three weeks, for a short while some days and for many hours on others. Maureen, I guess that half answers your question too. I went through a very unproductive period for several months and then decided to pull out of my gallery to give myself the freedom to experiment without the pressure of needing to create work that would sell. It was good for me in many ways, and ironically I ended back where I started (I gotta be me!) but feel that I am approaching my subject matter and compositions with more confidence. It feels good to be back in the saddle again! This collection of objects are mostly toys from my husband's childhood - well, except the beer bottle. I found the horse skull in my friend's yard and before I knew it I realized that I had a theme going on. Hubby enjoyed my process too as he reminisced about his experiences with the various toys. His Dad had confiscated the slingshot and much to his delight, it was found many years later by the folks who purchased the old family homestead.

Margaret 59
10-31-2014, 09:18 PM
Coralie, this looks fantastic. No wonder we haven't heard from you.
Can you tell me what the thingy is above the gun? I can see a stirrup but forget what you call the rest of it. :wave: :clap:

Margaret 59
10-31-2014, 09:27 PM
ok, I can see from your message that it's a horse skull. :eek:

Chia
10-31-2014, 10:44 PM
Yep Margaret, the white thingy is a horse skull and I think what you think are stirrups are actually toy handcuffs. It's easier to discern on the real painting! Thanks for the kudos!

dceska93
11-01-2014, 01:36 AM
Really wonderful painting and love all the details of the painting!

Chia
11-01-2014, 02:24 PM
Thank you Darren!

cyndiwg
11-01-2014, 06:16 PM
Beautiful work. I find your comment about pulling out of your gallery interesting. I found that I quit having fun when I worried about the 'sellability' of my work. I have had a similar experience and am trying to focus on the fun of exploring new techniques. I look forward to seeing more of your work.

wilfred
11-01-2014, 11:01 PM
Wow, this is a beautiful work Coralie! Your attention to detail is superb, specially the wonderful texture of the wooden chest. Love it! ♥

dceska93
11-02-2014, 01:51 AM
Thank you Darren!
You are welcome!!

Chia
11-03-2014, 04:54 PM
Cindy & Wilfred, thanks for your comments. Cindy, I have found a certain irony in that the more fun I have with a piece, the more likely it will sell. Somehow that enjoyment seems to resonate with the buyer.
Wilfred, I really enjoy all of the detail in your work!

Dcam
11-03-2014, 05:56 PM
Coralie: What a fabulous still life. You certainly have a way with acrylics......the operative word is "WOW".
Very nice.

Derek

Fox_eNova
11-04-2014, 11:13 PM
REALLY WELL DONE! Thanks for the boyhood memories..

Chia
11-17-2014, 06:28 PM
Derek and Eric, my apologies. I neglected to thank you for taking the time to comment on this painting. I've been thoroughly engrossed in my next piece (why is the piece I'm currently working on always my favourite?). I do really appreciate the kudos. Thanks!

Shamrock15
11-17-2014, 07:35 PM
Nicely done! I really like the pocket knife latch for the chest.

Artchrispy
11-17-2014, 07:40 PM
Exceptional painting Coralie! The composition is fantastic and you rendered every detail beautifully.

Chia
11-17-2014, 11:54 PM
Thanks so much D'Arcy! The pocket knife was a last minute addition actually. Glad you noticed!
Hi Chris, great to see you back here too! Thanks for your comment. Lately I'm into larger paintings that take longer to do. It's nice to have something to dabble away at when life gets busy.

barriespapa
11-18-2014, 09:52 AM
Awesome realism
Cheers.
David

Sketchee
11-18-2014, 11:42 AM
This is really inspiring. Just love the idea of this thoughtful collection of rustic objects and the final composition just works. And I can imagine why a lot of people would want to own this paiinting

Chia
11-20-2014, 06:48 PM
David & Brian, thanks so much. Your comments are much appreciated!

Linee
11-20-2014, 09:50 PM
Big and amazing. Wonderful subject matter.

lilbelle
11-24-2014, 06:57 PM
Absolutely terrific work Coralie! I love how you put it together with so many interesting objects. It's beautifully painted!