Into the dark

Don’t say you weren’t warned! I had comments on the last post about how lovely the lightness and softness was in the early stages of this painting. I may have to go there in the next one (good thing this is a possibly endless series). In the meantime, please try to enjoy this finished piece in spite of your expectations.

Sky Pads 15, peering into the shallow depths?

This is a large piece, the same size as #14, which is 50″ wide and 32″ high. It reads best from a distance, so you may want to back away a bit from whatever viewing device you are reading this blog with. This time around there wasn’t much cloud reflection on the surface, but a lot of murky vegetation just underneath it. I find it interesting that the strong vertical lines caused by the coagulated paint in the first wash now look like they might be stems coming up from the bottom of the pond. You just never know how something’s going to turn out when you employ randomness as a technique!

To see the earlier versions of this painting click here



About Alli Farkas

Equine and landscape artist specializing in rural Americana
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11 Responses to Into the dark

  1. Clover says:

    Those yellows! My favorite one, to date!

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  2. anne leueen says:

    I like this. The lily pads ( ?) floating have come alive!

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  3. Your commentary makes me smile 🙂
    I see stuff like this, and I SO wish I could be an artist. Complete fail on my part. Love to see your paintings come to life!


    • Alli Farkas says:

      I try not to drop into “serious” mode in my blog writing, at least not very often. The issue most people have with “becoming an artist” is that they want it but not badly enough. We horse people ride and continually work at perfecting our ride because we can’t stand not to. It’s the same way with any passion. I’ve only been working towards where I am as an artist for a few decades now. So don’t feel bad that you haven’t developed as a “painter” artist. The will to work at it over a lifetime just wasn’t there, and I don’t know of any way to make it be there. (You are, however, a very clever crafter–and that is an art in and of itself). I do get an intense shot of joy, though, when folks say things like “love to see your paintings come to life”! So thank you so much for that!

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      • Makes me admire my dad even more. He worked hard all his life, all I ever saw from him was random tiny sketches made on small scratch paper on Sunday’s, his only day off. Once retired, he decided to teach himself how to paint in oil, and he did. After two years he’d produced several paintings that looked really nice – cramming a lifetime of “becoming an artist” into just two years left of living.
        In any event, I think it’s hard to tie me down in a chair long enough to ever learn 🙂

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        • Alli Farkas says:

          Wow!! Kudos to your dad!!! That reminds me of my ex’s dad. He ran his own manufacturing company until some time in his 50’s. Then he got seriously ill and spent a long time in the hospital. When he got out he decided to go to law school (!) and ended up as a practicing patent attorney! Just goes to show you never can tell💕

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  4. Nancy Powers says:

    Lovely and different! Very interesting, too!

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  5. Emma Cownie says:

    Beautifully ethereal.


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