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Whispers Painting

Sue Daniel


Painting, Oil on Canvas

Size: 36 W x 36 H x 2 D in

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About The Artwork

This was a fun piece for me to create. I love the interplay of delicate colours with just a few shapes and marks. I painted many layers of oil, some with thick raised surfaces, then scraped back and revealed the glowing colours beneath. There are a lot of raw gestures and marks visible and the ethereal barely-there outline of the horse made me think of the movie called "The Horse Whisperer" and wonder if this riot of colours might reflect what goes on inside the horse's mind as he looks so calm on the outside. Or is it what's on the inside of my own mind? A lovely, delicate yet strong painting done on gallery canvas, ready to hang with the wrapped edges painted a light grey.

Details & Dimensions

Painting:Oil on Canvas

Original:One-of-a-kind Artwork

Size:36 W x 36 H x 2 D in

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I draw my inspiration from observing my own and other people’s feelings and reactions to life. I learned my process through practice and experience, but every time is different – and moving me towards an unknown and ever changing destination. After prepping the canvas, I generally start sketching with graphite, or sometimes very loose, thinned paint or ashphaltum, to ignite my creative flow and capture my current feelings. Occasionally I will use a quick-drying acrylic wash for an underpaint so I can block in some colour for depth, but not have to wait to really get at the painting using the oils I love. I love the fluidity and texture of oil paints and I mostly work wet on wet, where the surprises can be exciting and liberating. I always paint abstract, but often identifiable elements or figures emerge by chance. I’ve tried painting with acrylic but it is just not the same for me, my process requires the textures and slower time frame of oils. I work and rework a piece many times, adding layer after layer, then scraping back to reveal sections beneath. The process is very like a dance to music, steps forward then back, then forward again. Music is a great inspiration for me and helps me tap into my creative side. I always paint with loud, dramatic music filling my studio and pumping my energy (Queen is a favourite)! Self doubt and self-criticism are constants, though I think that has always been the case with artists great and small. The secret is to know when the work is done before you go too far and destroy the painting’s soul and message.

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