Tuesday, September 7, 2010

"Passing By"

6 x 6, oil on masonite SOLD

I kept trying to get my newest painting finished but I've
been under the weather so decided to post this one from
a while back.

It has always been one of
my favorites. In fact, I had it
listed as N/A for the longest, intending to keep it for myself.

I like the casual way the bodies of these two complete
strangers passing
on the street seem to merge together as one
for that brief moment...a nod to how
connected we all really
are regardless of whether we
acknowledge it or not.


David Larson Evans said...

You know me I love the figurative paintings and this one shines.

Fay Akers said...

I can see why it's one of your favorites. I enjoy it too.

Carol Schiff Studio said...

It's wonderful, Gwen. I can see why you wanted to keep it around for awhile.

Hope you are perky again, soon!

Linda Popple said...

Your figurative work is fabulous, Gwen!

Linda Popple said...

PsS. Hope you are feeling better!

Carol Blackburn said...

Love the facial expressions, Gwen. So great!

Layne Cook said...

I continue to be amazed at what you're able to do on a small format. When I saw this i thought it HAD to be a larger painting. It's truly fabulous, Gwen!

Barbara M. said...

Hi Gwen,

This is so magnificent. And the last painting was absolutely amazing too. I'm a bit behind on commenting.

I so love your work. Super.


hmuxo said...

Beautiful painting as usual, Gwen.

Crystal Cook said...

Really, really like this Gwen :)

Shirley Fachilla said...

Wonderful composition. Love the little Asian woman and the glance from the guy that bonds them further.
Can't believe you did all this in a 6x6.

Karen Martin Sampson said...

Hope you aren't under the weather for too long! I understand about wanting to keep certain works...like
deciding to sell your children! But then the day might come when you realize, as you have here, that it might
be fine for the "child" to fly out into the world and be a joy for others too.

Kim said...

Striking. Nice gestural moment. Love what the red is doing in that composition. Hope you feel better soon!!

Dors said...

Lovely job Gwen. I hope you are feeling better now.
Take care of you. Hugs

Becky Joy said...

Beautiful Gwen. Very nice gestures. I had to see what this one was about. Its different than most of yours. Hope you are feeling better soon.

Julie Hill said...

Gwen...what a grand job you did catching the everyday life and a lovely write up too. Thanks for sharing.

Dean Grey said...

Where was this shot taken, Gwen?

Overseas or here in the U.S.?

Love the reds and how you captured a very casual moment!


Kerri Settle said...

I can see why this one is one of your favorites. I hope you feel better soon, Gwen!

Kim Blair said...

Hope you are feeling better Gwen.
I love how you mix it up... always something interesting on your blog. Really nice work Gwen.

DEB said...

Hope you are feeling better soon. This is an intriguing piece. It's not like your others, it has a very interesting composition - really all vertical lines - like prison bars. The colors are high in contrast, but the subjects look very similar...Someone important should publish a critique on this piece! (As somebody less important, I really like it too!)

Gwen Bell said...

Thanks so much, all!

Dean ~ It was in Japan

Deb~ Wish I could take more credit for the composition! I painted it exactly as it was in the photo(one of my friends took it in Japan). I thought it was amazing that she caught them at just the right moment for them to merge and at just the right place within all those linear elements...and she wasn't even trying! She was actually taking a photo of the building and they walked into the picture. Love when things like that happen! :)

Diane Hoeptner (hep-ner) said...

I love this composition and your wise words as well.