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Sunday, June 30, 2013

Beach Houses - Finished? Unfinished?

Beach Houses
Oil on canvas, 24x24
sold
Those of you who've been following this blog for a while know that I've long had love affairs with "unfinished" paintings.  Click here to see a landscape that I left "unfinished," and here to see a cat I left "unfinished."

Interestingly, older female artist friends accosted me about both of these paintings, and I argued with them that the pieces were finished, and left them that way. 

This one, "Beach Houses," is the start of a series, I think. My idea is that where there IS paint, it will be heavy - but beyond what is absolutely necessary for the painting, there will be no paint, or just sketchy hints. My thought about this painting was that I would add a blast of swirly, heavy sky, at the horizon behind the houses - but then I got this far and thought that perhaps I should just leave it. 

So what do you think? Like it? Hate it? Think it screams for more paint, more finishing, more sky, more land? Or is it intriguing and inviting and minimal, just as it is? 

(That brings up something that's amused me for years. I was in a bookstore, when they still were plentiful, and saw a whole series of books about simplifying one's life. If the author knew what she was about, wouldn't there have been only one book?) 

Peter says he thinks this painting looks unfinished, and he really hates the blue sketchy lines. He says he'd like them better if they were tan. My friend, the remarkable painter Ronet Noe, says she likes this as it is and is sure someone will love it and buy it. 

Please click the comment box below to let me and other readers know what you think about this painting. I am truly interested. 

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4 comments:

Judy Mackey said...

I like "unfinished" paintings too.
I think there is a moment when paintings are "finished"! Even when the paint doesn't cover 100% of the canvas. I love this one as is - it is soft and begs the view to take a closer look.

Carrie Jacobson said...

Thanks, Judy! I think that moment of "finished" is one of the most exciting. Glad you like this one as is. I am so interested to hear the responses, yay or nay!

Sheila Tajima said...

Love it! It's poignant and serene allowing me to focus on those little houses within a barren background.

Carrie Jacobson said...

"Serene." Love that!