Painting and a Quote

"It's not what you look at that matters, it's what you see."
- Henry David Thoreau

I found this quote today and it reminded me of a painting that I have been struggling with for some time.  I've actually painted over the canvas three times trying to get it right!  Today, I am much happier with the painting and I have chosen to appreciate it for its simplicity and brightness rather than continuing in my attempts to make it into something that it is not.

20x24 Acrylic on wrapped canvas
And since that painting was my tribute to Autumn and now it's almost Spring, I decided to paint a flower painting as well.

9x12 Acrylic on watercolour paper
Have a happy week!

"Joy is a net of love by which you can catch souls."

43 comments:

  1. Just lovely Anne. I wish I had your talent!

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  2. Wonderful quotes! The painting reminds me of the Impressionists and their free style and softness, I like it; and the spring flowers are lovely. I don't have success like this with acrylics...clever!
    xx

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  3. Great quotes, Anne! Love the paintings!

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  4. SO true with the quoate. I love the simplicity and lightness of your flower painting :)

    xoxo
    Myric

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  5. It looks beautiful to me, Anne. And I've always loved that Thoreau quote.

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  6. Your paintings are lovely, Anne! Love both quotes, too, especially the one by Thoreau.
    Hugs, Cindy

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  7. Two charming paintings! Lovely colours in both - the yellow against the dreary skies in the first really makes it pop and gives lovely contrast.

    P.S. I relinked you to PPF as your link was broken (but I couldn't reply just to you as you are in the "no-reply blogger" category like most people. Oh - and your word verification/captcha is on - from your PPF comment, you might not realize that.)

    Great quotes too!

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  8. lovely creations ~ well done ~namaste,carol (A Creative Harbor) Happy PPF ^_^

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  9. Wonderful quotes and your paintings are beautiful. You are very talented!! Lesa

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  10. Your first painting reminds me of the impressionists... nice colors!
    love the quotes too.
    Happy PPF! xoxo

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  11. I saw my first daffodil in bloom today! It marks the start of Spring for me - plus yesterday the weather was positively balmy!

    I like both your pictures.

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  12. I like both paintings! That first quote is so very true! Thanks for sharing it as I'd not really thought of it that way before.

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  13. So glad i've found your lovely blog. Both of your paintings are just beautiful and thank you for sharing the quote. It is so true and i should really learn from it.
    rita

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  14. Both lovely paintings. Happy PPF and enjoy the weekend, Annette x

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  15. Wonderful quotes! And great paintings! I really like your thoughts about letting the painting be what it is instead of what you want it to be. I like the idea of our art having a life of its own. It will be what it will be and there's only so much we can do about that!

    Happy PPF!

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  16. Wonderful paintings!
    Especially like the flower painting because I am longing for spring.
    ♥♥♥
    Happy PPF!!
    Mary
    Mixed-Media Map Art

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  17. I really like, beautiful and elegant colors. Greetings

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  18. Lovely painting, so cheerful. The quotes are two of my favorites. Lovely blog and you have a wonderful talent.

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  19. Both paintings are so peaceful and beautiful. I love quotes and the first one especially spoke to me. Thank you for sharing it today.

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  20. Both paintings are pretty.
    Happy PPF!
    Sheri Cook/Happy Horse Studio

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  21. Anne, your sky is just fabulous. You must do more big sky paintings. You really have the knack. Love the gorgeous fall colors in the leaves. Love autumn. The flowers are refreshing and beautiful.

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  22. Hi Anne, wow..these are both gorgoeus works! I am an Autumn girl at heart..so i love this painting..full of beauty and peace and transformation..shine on..it is fabulous!
    Victoria

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  23. Hi Anne, great quotes! I love them both! And your paintings are sweet! I've learned to appreciate my paintings whatever they come out as! Take a tip from God who did not destroy His weird creations,like the aye-aye, blobfish, or the hagfish. He appreciated them for what they are and let them exist! Patsy from
    HeARTworks

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  24. Your tree is very, very beautiufl. Well done. I love all the vibrant, Autumnal colours. :) Happy PPF!

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  25. I see two very lovely paintings. You are talented.

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  26. Loving your daffodils, so beautiful, sunny and warm; both paintings are very, very good.

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  27. wonderful contrast of subject, same colours, different branch..

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  28. Hello Anne, what a beautiful Autumn tree and the sky looks so real, a melancholy beautiful piece. I love Autumn so this one touches me, it's perfect left like that!

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  29. your autumn piece really captures the feeling of autumn withthe gray skies and the contrast of the brightly colored leaves!
    i like your daffodils, too - mine are acutally sstarting to sprout up!
    have a great sunday!
    xo

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  30. Oh these are beautiful! You have captured autumn beautifully.

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  31. hi Anne,
    i love both the quotes you have shared, profoundly wonderful, thank you.
    i also love the light in your painting, it stirs it all to life in a wonderful way.

    isn't it great that if we are not delighted with our art we can paint over it and go again!

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  32. Lovely golden, luminous autumn tree with beautifully contrasting sky! Pretty daffodils and great quotes! Sometimes others see our paintings differently than ourselves!

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  33. beautiful colors. i love the daffodils-- i'm so ready for spring!
    i also really like the quote you associated with the autumn piece and the revelation it helped you with. i struggle with doing and redoing and redoing until i make things worse than where i started. :-) sometimes it's good to recognize that how we capture things is how we see them.
    thanks for sharing!

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  34. I love the colors in the sky of your first painting. Happy PPF!
    Rinda

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  35. Love the bright colors of your foliage against the gray of the sky. And the little Spring flower painting is lovely.

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  36. Love the quotes... your paintings are gorgeous. I'm always painting over paintings and starting again... :)

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  37. Anne the tree is lovely, but I really love the flower painting... I love working on paper so I can't repaint.... stops me from being overly precious and makes me take chances and not over think it... mind you my repaint efforts ever turn out that well unlike your tree which is lovely...xx

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  38. Beautiful tree, love the bright colours and especially the sky. I often overpaint my pictures if I'm not happy with them, I love that about acrylis, and they always get better, with every layer.

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  39. sometimes we spend so much time looking at a piece we really don't see it!
    great post.
    cheers, dana

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